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Unread 01-17-2008, 07:49 AM   #1
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Stepdrill or knockout punch??

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Unread 01-17-2008, 07:51 AM   #2
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Stepdrill or knockout punch??

any opinions??
I haven't used a knockout punch but my el cheapo step bits from Harbor Freight have worked great on the drums.
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i used drill bits and hole saw
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What size hole, how thick?
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I used new 1" hole saw for my intake's and 3/4" black pipe thread's right in!!
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The Irwin Uni-Bit and Harbor Freight step bits are my choice
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I used new 1" hole saw for my intake's and 3/4" black pipe thread's right in!!
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I used 3/4" step drill and 1/2" pipe. Not done, though!
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tried hole saw on first drum, PIA.
Bought step bits at Harbor Freight, easy, no mess, no fuss.
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Hole saw for large and step bits for small.
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step bits, saved a lot of *###*****, if you know what i mean. good luck.
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Using a hole saw is ok but remember on a curved surface like a barrel, you will have an egged shaped hole with a larger gap on either side. This can be hard to fill if you are not a good welder.
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I used a knock out punch set from Harbor Freight. Worked great with minimal effort... I will be picking up a set of unibits for future work though.

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Only one way to go ...IMHO
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