Cheap Alternative to Beverly Shears?

I need a small shear for cutting sheet copper no thicker than 16 guauge and
my son will probably use it for auto sheet metal and some light stainless
steel projects.
A number 2 Beverly shear is going to cost me about $700.00 to $800.00
Canadian and if a there are any good alternative shears available I would
apprecaite knowing about them.
Steve Fournier sells some small rotary shears that look very real
interesting does anyone have any opinions on the difference between them
and a Beverly shear?
We are lucky enough to own a a plasma cutter but that not always the best
option for small work because it isn't always set up and ready to use.
Thanks in advance
Jimbo
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Jimbo
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--For straight cuts of maybe 20-ga or thinner you can get by with a paper cutter. Wouldn't try it on 16 ga. though.. Just a thought..
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steamer
Spend $40 for a Harbor Freight sheet metal shear, rated for 18 ga steel, should work for 16 ga copper. This is electric powered, throatless style like a Beverly, will cut straight or curved, a reciprocating blade. It pushes one side of the cut up, the other down, like a Beverly, so a little hard to use for cutting large panels in half, have to fight the panel a bit. I had to shim the blades to get them lined up right, but it works fine.
The Kett shears, and others with three blades instead of two, will not cut a tight curve, but are good for cutting more or less straight lines in large panels.
The rotary shears tend to leave a somewhat serrated edge, at least the one that I have seen does.
Richard
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Richard Ferguson
I have had luck with the big import bench shears. I got the biggest one I could and then added a pneumatic cylinder to it. It cuts very well, but is best at straight cuts.
I tried a import knock-off of the beverley shear and the blades were just crap. I managed to hardface the edges and regrind so it works, but it does not even compare to the Beverly #2 we have at school.
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Ernie Leimkuhler
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I wonder if it is a close enough knock-off, that genuine beverly blades will fit it.
Paul K. Dickman
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Paul K. Dickman
I haven't tried it on copper, but an air-powered nibbler cuts thru aluminum like butter. mike
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mike
That would be nice. I might give that a try.
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Ernie Leimkuhler

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