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View Poll Results: Which is better SAE or Metric?
SAE 7 36.84%
Metric (SI) 12 63.16%
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:04 PM
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Personally, I think metric is pretty easy, but that comes from the engineering thing I do every day. I grew up in a custom cabinet shop, so somehow I can think in both standard and metric almost like a person speaks two languages. It all depends on what I am working on.

I will say, that Caterpillar Tractor began a corporate conversion to the metric system as a standard in 1973. Every new print dimension is presented as a metric dimensioned item, even if it is a converted SAE measurement.

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Being in Canada I have to be able to convert sae to metric and back again. And don't forget that imperial system have to know that to ( My gallon of gas is bigger than an American gallon ). Metric is great because of it's set up. 1 gram of water is 1 cc and water boils at 100 and freezes at 0. I know that I buy a 4X8 sheet of plywood, liters of gas and figure out mileage in miles per gallon (imp). I know that I will always be 6 foot 4 not ....... (I don't feel like doing the conversion right now).

Right now as a engineer in training I feel confident that I will be converting from one to the other to another. But I feel confident that I can go to any part of the world and be able to communicate in there measurement system.

It's a fact of life metric will be used ware it works better like in labs and cylinder head size, but imperial will be used for construction and so on. The more you know the more useful you will be.

farna just to point out one inch is .0254 meters just missed a decimal.

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