Hi everyone I've bought a very large and very old (1950s?) throatless shear. The makers mark is cast into the machine and rather corroded - I think it's a Besco, but I've not been able to find any information on it. I assume it's an English make. It's similar in size and design to an American Beverly B-3. The main difference seems to be the clamp that holds the lower blade.
Anyway, it needs new blades and I'm trying to find out if Beverly B-3 blades will fit, or could be made to fit with a bit of machining. Does anybody here have a B-3? If so, could you measure the length/width/depth of the blades and let me know what the dimensions are? Also it would be useful to know the spacing of the three attachment screws for the upper blade.
For reference the blades on my shear are:
Lower blade, L: 5 3/8 inch , W: 2 1/2 inch , D: 1/2 inch Upper blade, L: 6 1/2 inch, W: 1 1/2 inch, D: 1/2 inch
The mounting holes for the upper blade are at 1, 3 1/4, and 5 3/8 inches from the handle end.
The lengths are measured on the cutting side of the blades. The length of the lower blade is the only Beverly B-3 dimension that I've found on the web and it appears to be the same.