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    Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    I really thought it would be universal by now. What's keeping America behind the rest of the world?
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    That's a tricky question. There are too many problems with adopting the system, it is happening, but will take a long long time. The US auto industry has adopted metric fasteners for the most part. There are a lot of meanings to "the metric system". The US will probably never go to metric road and highway signage. Selling stuff by the kg or liter? Or gram or meter? They do sell soda in one, two and three liter bottles. Booze bottles are metric measure (in NY, not sure of other states), beer is still imperial measure. What about engineering or technology or manufacturing? If you are an offshore company buying US made equipment such as heavy machinery or machine tools, and you want a metric machine, no problem there at all, we do it every day. There is essentially no difference in price between imperial and metric standard parts such as steel and bearings and common machine components. When we all agree that we want our road signs and weights and measures and temperatures to be metric, then it will happen. It will be a long time before you pump 10 liters of gasoline into your truck (with the 5.7l engine...auto industry) that gets about 8 km/l and burn it up going 80 km/hr down the highway, hauling your 8 meter long bass boat that weights 1800 kg, to hit the ten square kilometer lake trying to tease out that 750 mm long bucketmouth on that beautiful sunny day with temps in the lower twenties (Celsius of course).
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    I support the introduction of the metric system every inch of the way.

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    In baby steps, it will have to be baby steps

    Look at it this way, we've probably been using our system for 200 years and many Americans don't even understand it the way it is..

    Now you want to throw a monkey wrench in and change systems... What will these poor people do then, fail at both sets of measurement and never get anything done

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Just think of the jobs!!!!!!!!!!

    How would the tool makers sell both metric and standard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lot of things have been metric for years.

    The computer field went to it. I remember my salesman ordering cables and converted the meters to feet........ Cables that were so long, the crates looked like coffins!!!!!!!!!! for a pair!!!!!!!!!!

    Sure delayed the installation!!!!

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    WHAT THE HECK EVER FORyou need two setof wrenches now to work on older cars. At 80 I find it a pita to have to figure what size anything is . Europe should to our system! as for temp ,anything is hot or cold. distanceeither close or too far. just live with it. Bob

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Look at it this way, they are both odd systems, one is based on the diameter of the earth at the equator and the other is based on an old English kings foot. So take your choice ? It's what you got use to. The older you are, the less you want to change. By the way, don't worry about the wrench sizes, just use the one that fits. many are interchangeable and there is always the fitsall adj. Frank

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Helloooooooooooooo...........you talkin' about getting rid of the foot-long hot dog?? I don't think so.
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    In canada we have it. When I went to school they taught the metric system, but at home everything was still standard. I need to convert my fuel mileage into MPG to understand it. I do use 2 sets of tools to work on nearly everything, one nice thing about that is when the 1/2" wrench is a little loose I go to the metric set and grab a 13mm and it goes on super tight. I have learned to convert the metric into standard for nearly everything. Bout the only thing I like about the metric system is temperature degrees, 0 is freezing point of water, above 0 is in the + and below 0 is in the -, it's easy and I like it, all the rest was absolutely confusing, expensive and pointless if you ask me. What were they thinking?

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Quote Originally Posted by packerbacker
    Helloooooooooooooo...........you talkin' about getting rid of the foot-long hot dog?? I don't think so.
    No, you'll replace it with the third-of-a-meter hot dog - 10% bigger!
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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    I think we will eventually forced to convert the majority of our system to metric as more and more jobs are being out sourced to companies that use metric measurements, much like they did to the automobiles. If the fad to send all manufacturing over seas continues.

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    No, by God, the west was won by the inch and the mile! Makes sense when you study it though, and I do have a set of metric wrenches.
    Just like Texas in 1880.

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Well all I can say is that the auto manufacturer's were a bit slow in converting to the metric system.

    The shipping industry converted all formulas back in the early 80's. There was a time up until then that freight was charged by either 40cft per, or 2240 pounds, known as the long ton. Although the long ton is close to a metric ton, the volume weight was significantly different. 1 Cubic meter is only 35.314 cft

    There were also rates for BF board foot, and that would have to be converted to meters. Another nightmare


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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    Metric is also easyer to convert to larger numbers. In the power of 10 while imperial is a bunch of other numbers that are not as easily converted in the head. How tall is a 74 inch beam? (6 ft 2 in) while 1000 meters is 1km. 1 cubic metre = 1000 L. 1 L =1000cc =1000ml... SO simple to convert. While 1 mile =1760 yards = 5280 ft = 63,360 inches... not so easy to convert.

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    Re: Will the US ever adopt the Metric System?

    nah , we will just keep on treating it as a "red headed stepchild"

 

 
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