How to cut through Stainless Steel using a Q-Max cutter

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  1. Feb 27, 2010 #1

    andysmok

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    Hi all, thought i'd make a quick how to for using a Q-Max cutter as I found this method very easy when I converted my 60l thermo and 100l pot into a mash tun and boiler.

    Heres how to cut a 20mm hole, I'm useless with a drill normally but this was easy!

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    Here is the cutter, It comprises of allen key bolt, a spacer and a cutting dye.

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    First of all you need to make a hole big enough for the allen key bolt to go through. I needed a 10mm hole for my 8mm allen key bolt.(its good to make the hole just a little bit bigger than the bolt). I used a series of bits for ease.

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    Heres the hole. As you can see it is very untidy.


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    I then place the allen key bolt with the spacer through the hole from the inside and threaded the cutting dye onto the bolt from the outside.

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    I then start to tighten up the bolt using a 8mm allen key.

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    As you tighten it up using your allen key the cutting dye will start to clamp onto the pot and then dig in

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    After a few rotations using the allen key the cutting dye does its job and comes through to the inside.

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    Everyone loves a nice clean hole :rofl:

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    Don't forget to unscrew your cutter and take the waste piece of steel out.

    Hope this helps someone.
     
  2. Feb 27, 2010 #2

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    Thanks Andy, when I can get a steel boiler I was wondering how to cut the holes for the elements.
    Look easy, well you make it look easy.

    Sean :cheers:
     
  3. Feb 27, 2010 #3

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    You make it look easy :clap: Good pictures too.
     
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    I got a little buzz off doing that 'how to, Might just make a post of my build as well, although i did copy Vossy's guide!
     
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    Nice one Andy, the Q-max cutters can be difficult to visualise when you read about how they work, this how to is going to be very useful.

    Nice one :thumb:
     
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    Nice how to :thumb: I used a q-max when converting my pots and i'll second that they are very easy to use and leave you with a nice clean hole :)
     
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    Nice how to :thumb:
     
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    Where would I start looking for a Qmax cutter?
    I found Buck and Hickman through google, 12.44 including P&P for a 20mm cutter.
    Really could do with the cutter today, so would i get one on an industrial estate?
     
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    Don't know on that one Sean only ever seen tham in ebay, Try a hardware store or fasteners place?
     
  10. Apr 27, 2010 #10

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    Cheers MD found a place just over the border.
     
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    I've got one on me if you want to borrow it. I'll be on the industrial estate until 4.30
     
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    Thanks James, but I just bought one from Buck and Hickman in Ellesmere port....bugger
    Seriously, never lend me tools I tend to lose them or break them ;)
     
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    I didn't realise B&H were only in Ellesmere Port. Handy.
     
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    Can you buy a size that cuts an hole for the kettle element??
     
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    They're only slightly cheaper :D
     
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    Sorted.
    I now have a 10 gallon mash tunn :party:
     
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    I know I should know but I'm at work and not able to double check size before I order...

    Standard tap 20mm ??
    standard element 30mm ??

    Thanks'
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