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Metric vs imperial


I wish that manufactures would indicate what threads are use in their products. Many times a nut or bolt is lost and trying to find a match can be a pain in the ass getting the right one. I even have some tools that have both. Also fine and coarse. not to mention Withworth threads.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Yes that would be a good idea Madts.

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Madts, how are you? It’s been a long time.

I agree it’s a PITA but that’s the global economy like it or not .


Most machine manuals list screw sizes, thank God. I lost a screw that vibrated out of the head lock on my planer once. Found the manual, went to the hardware store and I was back in business in short order. Then, of course I found the original screw on the floor immediately after I put the new one in.

All the hardware stores have those nuts and bolts identifiers so if you have a broken piece of it, at least you can identify what it is and buy a replacement. A little tougher when you don’t have any spares to bring or a manual that identifies the size.

Losing fingers since 1969

I bought these sets from Lee Valley a few years ago (they also have one for smaller sizes):,43456&p=69376

Honestly one of the most useful things in my shop, makes figuring out what bolt or nut to use so simple.

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Then there is the matter of big box and other stores selling dowels that fall to the metric side in a country where metric Forstners and such just aren’t readily available.