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Beverly Junior shear

I have recently restored-- new blades, new top blade holder-- a
Beverly Junior shear that some previous owner abused. It has a
factory-rated capacity 18 ga. mild steel, 24 ga. stainless. Does
anyone have any proven experience using this particular tool on
silver, brass, copper? What are the maximum thicknesses of these
materials that you kmow this shear can handle without damage to the
blade or the frame components?

John,

Does anyone have any proven experience using this particular tool
on silver, brass, copper? What are the maximum thicknesses of these
materials that you kmow this shear can handle without damage to
the blade or the frame components? 

I’ve always heard that anything 14g or less is OK with non-ferrous.

16ga works beautifully,14ga is a little harder but still works, in a
pinch you can even do 12ga, but would be very carefull, of course it
goes with out saying that non ferruos is what I am talking about and
also the metal should be annealed, for the blade to have an easier
time at it. it is a great tool, fairly accurate if the blades are
sharp.

Hratch