Errr. which Beverly? (there are currently 3 different sizes, with
vastly different cutting capacities.) Equally, what type of
guillotine? A big floor model, or a cheapo tabletop?
I own both a 12" guillotine, as well as a mid-sized Beverly shear.
The catch for you is going to be the 5mm thickness. That’s nearly
1/4". The big Beverly (the B3) will probably chop through that, but
it’ll curl it over as it goes. You can get a strip if you uncurl it,
but it won’t come out like a slice of paper.
Speaking generically, the advantage to the Beverly shears are two
(A) they’re throatless. Which means you can cut as deep as you like
into a sheet of metal without bottoming out against the throat. This
was handy for me back when I was doing armor. Sometimes the sheets
of steel I was cutting were 8 feet long.
(B) you can cut curves, sometimes surprisingly tight ones, with a
Beverly, even several feet into a sheet of metal. The bigger the
Beverly, the bigger the minimum radius. (They used to make a 'mini’
shear called the B-0, which was just about perfectly scaled for
jewelry work. Unfortunately, they don’t make it any more, and the
existing B-0’s are rare indeed…)
For just cutting straight strips, the Beverly isn’t what you want,
but it’s much more versatile than most shears.
Now on to guillotines: If you’re really trying to chop through 5mm
sterling sheet, I don’t know of any manual guillotine shear that’s
going to do it for you. You’d be looking at a hydraulic shear, and
large sums of money. Probably best to send that out to someone who
has such a shear. (Probably whoever’s rolling the 5mm sheet for
So. did you actually mean 0.5mme That seems a bit more plausible.
In that case, if all you want is 8CM strips, a straight guillotine
shear is the right answer to that question. The Beverly specializes
in curves. If that’s not what you’re doing, it’s not what you need.
For whatever that was worth.