They did mention that there has been some issues of Kegerators frosting in hot temperatures but these instances are isolated, so I am torn again now.
The lazy part of me thinks, "Just get the Kegerator and have all the work done already," the brewer and beer drinker says do the Keezer.
If I drill through the lid of the freezer, I am not in any danger of hitting coils or coolant lines am I?
Back to the drawing boards
From what I have read, the people that have posted about issues with kegerators frosting live in tropical regions like Qld with higher humidity issues. These tend to be solved (from my reading of others posts) by ensuring gaps like the gas line hole are sealed up.
I just went through the same decision process as you (build keezer/buy KK Kegerator). I did the figures, I looked and nearly bought a chest freezer (until they doubled the price upon my inquiry. F**ing rude b*stards). I then re-did the figures, based on SS taps and shanks and realised that for about the same money (or only slightly more depending on the cost of the second hand freezer), I wouldn't have to stuff around with a build, second hand freezer (with worries on how long would it last etc, etc..), so I bit the bullet and bought the SS 3 tap Kegerator 4. It arrived yesterday, so can't comment on its abilities, but the taps/drip tray on top, font fan, and inbuilt temp control were another selling point for me My decision was based on the quantity of beer I was going to brew/drink and I future proofed by getting the third tap (for only $34 more, I couldn't justify not getting it really). If you plan on having 4 or more taps then the decision is easy really. Food for thought.
Question for kegerator users: I have gone with the 4mm beer line and KK recommend 1.5-2m for flow control. I have put the tap height, pressure etc through a couple of beer line calculators (this one
and the spreadsheet linked to this AHB article
) that come up with about 1.1-1.2 metres of 4mm line for 2.5 V/CO2 in 19L corny. Should I just go for 1.5 m to be on the safe side? or do others have the experience that 2 m is the best compromise for when one uses higher carbed beers of 3.5 V/CO2 or more.