I know this isn't strictly blacksmithing, but the metalworking group
seems pretty dead.
My dad gave me an old, old metal shear this afternoon, and I'm fairly
consumed with curiosity about the sucker.
It's a Stanley Unishear, No. 16-A. It's a wacky looking machine, but
it's still running well. All I could find out about it was that the
company (Stanley Electric Tool Div.) was founded in 1930- and this
thing looks to be old enough (style-wise) to be one of the first
things to roll off the assembly line.
As always, when I stumble across something that is this old, I'm
interested in learning it's age and whatever other tidbits of
information about it I can uncover. I know there is an old
woodworking machinery website, but could not find a similar site for
So, here's a description of the thing, in case anyone on the list has
seen one of these before, and can tell me anything about it.
It's a hand-held electric metal shear with a maximum 16ga. capacity
(iron) that looks and feels like it is entirely cast from grey iron.
It has a universal motor whose casing is molded right along with the
gear box, and a handle that resembles an old gent's saw that extends
from the back end of the motor to near the front of the shear, and has
a diamond pattern moulded into the handle where the grip is. The logo
is a cast fish with the word "UNISHEAR" on it. Overall, it just looks
like something from the 30's or 40's.
The writing on the plates is still easily legible, and is as follows:
On the motor, the plate contains this information:
Cap. 16ga. Type 16A volts 115
Amps 3.0 Ser. U321871
RPM no load 2500 RPM load 1800
Stanley Electric Tools
New Britian, Conn. Made in USA
On the Gear box, it has this to say for itself:
Stanley Electric Tool Div
The Stanley Works
New Britian, Conn
Made in USA
Pat 1796812 1848655
Pat 1321918 1765313 1765317 1848147
Re 17739 Gt Britain 299044
Capacity 16 USA gage 0.062 Iron
As noted above, the thing is still running like a champ, and I'm
thinking about polishing it up and putting it to work- But, sometimes
old stuff like this needs careful handling when restoring it if a guy
wants to preserve it's value. It's got a little surface rust on the
shear foot, and it appears that it used to have black paint on some
areas that has almost entirely worn away.
So, anyone know anything about this sucker? Is it some ultra-rare
find, or just an old junker that happened to survive?
15 years ago