Go buy a couple of metric tape measures and have at it. I think you
could use whatever you like. You might have to replace bits and maybe
other things but as far as measuring goes, what difference does it
make as long as you always use the same thing? Of course for me, all
of the code requirements are still in inches so I'd have some
converting to do.
BTW, the scale on my Bies has both but the inch scale is on the top
where you can almost see it under the top of the pointer. I kinda
wish it was the other way around. I haven't spent the $15 for a
replacement scale in inches yet but I may have to.
But why must we replace bits, sockets, tape measures and all of our imperial
sized tools? Just to be like the rest of the world? After 39 years of
following my father around the world or bouncing around it myself ( we're
both career military) I'll tell you I don't see anything they do that
warrens changing. In the age of the internet if you want to change, order
your tools aboard but don't force your ideas on the rest of us!!!!
Ask the companies that have not been able to sell their products and
machines overseas because the other countries want metric. It may not
affect you, but it certainly does affect some people. If you don't want to
participate in a world economy, you don't have to.
Since you don't know of them they don't exist? I know of two companies that
have not had success in Europe because they don't want to change to metric.
One no longer tries, the other is going to make the change. It may be a
strawman argument today because the auto industry finally figured out it
would be wise to change. They are still fighting right hand drive.
That's a given. You do have to cater to the client. My point was, if
perhaps not well stated, that if you're going for a market for which it
is important, you will have made the change as part of that effort -- if
you try the other way, you're not very serious. Ergo, those that have
serious intents have made the change. I think in large part, that's
true, whether there happen to be a few holdouts or not. That's a
different subject imo than whether it should be universal for common usage.
While I'll agree that _eventually_ it might become common in the US, I
don't foresee the shift from driving on the right in NA ever changing.
Then they don't _really_ want the European market.
So they've decided that they really want the export market and the
other company has decided that it doesn't. None of this negates the
It may be a strawman argument today because the auto
Hmm. Saw a report today that China is creeping up on $1 trillion in exports.
Much of that to the US and all in Imperial measure. Point is, if countries
want to export to the US, it better not be metric.
Reality check: Do Japanese autos imported to the US have speedometers in
I have to wonder if China is making what we want to specification easier
than other countries because many of their workers have no real experience
with either one in an industrial work, thus adapting readily? Seems that
many of the opponents are more opposed to having to adapt and learn
something new rather that solid reasons why one is better than the other.
Can that Japanese car be made cheaper if they stocked only one model of
instrument? My Buick is changed on all gauges at the push of a button.
Handy when I go to Canada.
My Japanese-made Prius switches when you press the button. The good
stuff from Japan (Nintendo and Toyota are my primary reference points) do
an excellent job of making the fact they use different measurements
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As does my in-law's first generation Prius and the new Mazda 5
mini-minivan they just bought.
Reality check... We have new US-built Chevy Malibu's at work, that
can display in Kilometers or Miles, as well as a dash display that
speaks at least four languages. In a Chevy! We have gobs of fun
setting the display to other choices. <G>
Both of my personal vehicles, a Jeep TJ and a Toyota pickup have
analog meters with dual scales. As do most of my stationary and
The only big tool I own that dosen't have dual scales is my Performax
22-44 drum sander. Performax thoughtfully included the metric version
for the user to install.
To tune, adjust, and repair my tools, as well as all of the cars I've
owned in the last 10-15 years, will require both metric and SAE tools.
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Why change something that so many people understand and have the tools for
in their boxes. I learned fractions (imperial) first, then in high school
was taught metric as the wave of the future, that was 1970 to 1974 no waves
yet, give it up and stick to what everyone knows. Before I get flamed by
the metric mafia I will state I can do both and make most conversions in my
head but prefer Imperial.
I just like to irritate the hell out of you. I see it is working.
Hey, I never said we must change. I did said there is not a good reason
NOT to use it. You are getting all emotional as if you fear change.
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