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

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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!


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


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.


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





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.


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


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





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


Everyone loves a nice clean hole :rofl:


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

Hope this helps someone.
 

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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:
 

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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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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?
 

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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 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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