550 ton Fielding/Richards Iron Shark Shear, O/No. 65100, c.1965

Order 65100 for Coopers (Metals) Ltd., Swindon, c.1965

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  • Hi Charles!  Many thanks for your contribution. It is quite possible that the shear would have been purchased by McIntyre’s as they still specialise in both new and second-hand scrap recycling machinery.  John B 

    By John Bancroft (06/03/2016)
  • I remember the days of the Iron Shark at Gipsy Lane in Swindon. I used to operate it when the operator Stan Bishop was not available. Whilst this machine was ahead of its time it was a Health & Safety nightmare. See the free swinging electro-magnetic grab being controlled by a banks-man standing on the loading platform! Luckily we did not have any major accidents although I replaced the Butters crane as soon as I was in charge and used Poclain hydraulic excavators to feed it. I can’t remember who we sold it to but it had another life after Coopers. Was it bought by McIntyre? 

    By Charles Eddolls (05/03/2016)

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