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Where in the world is the imperial system used!

I live in Australia. I recently purchased a Kreg K4 Jig from our local Australian supplier and was looking forward to using it. On opening the packaging I've discovered that all measurements are in inches. Australia has not officially used this imperial system since 1976. I was bewildered to learn that no metric product is available. My dilemma Is that i use and struggle with this old and ancient system or not use the machine at all.

I am extremely disappointed that although most of the world uses the metric system only a single imperial system based tool exists.

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Comment by Glen S on August 3, 2016 at 3:05pm

We use shingles here in the good ol USA that are "metric" yet when I measure them they always seem to end up being 39 1/2 inches long by 13 1/4 inches tall. I had to learn the mm/cm in school & hated every minute of it. I'm so glad I learned the Imperial system. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Comment by Roger Waskow on July 11, 2016 at 5:41pm

I wonder if I give Carbatec their imperial system back if Kreg would send me a metric system. Maybe to confusing for Carbatec. I have read that there are conversion charts to which I agree but then there is a greater chance of mistakes being made and if it's available why can't we get it as all timber is metric. I now have to buy measuring instruments in imperial etc which just adds to the cost. Maybe it's the secret of increasing sales. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. 

Comment by Keith DARVILL on July 11, 2016 at 2:03am

I have a rule that has both imperial and metric measures. NZ started metrification in 1969....so I am old enough to remember it and be comfortable with either.  You do need to be careful mixing imperial screws with metric timbers (to avoid punch through). I got my system from the US.

Comment by Lawrence Katz on July 10, 2016 at 3:59am
Hi Roger. I support your comments and feel your pain. The challenge you have happens many times in Aus. I have METRINCH spanners for that reason. If our hardware stores would simply stop selling non metric stock it would be a win for all!
The work around is simply to use an app to conversions- but when the timber is metric that's a pain!
Hopefully Carbatec will listen. The Kreg stuff is really great!
Comment by Roger Waskow on July 10, 2016 at 3:47am

Reading that Kreg has a MM system I am disappointed Carbatec. You sent me an imperial set. Can't you guys get something spot on. Why on earth do we have to find out via America Kreg that a metric system is available. A comment from you would be great. Be interesting to see what you say. You charge enough for your products to be able to spend a few moments on research.

Comment by Tony Brooks on July 6, 2016 at 2:59am

I live in Australia too. I know a couple of QANTAS engineers (LAME's). They need two toolkits - one for Boeing and one for Airbus.

Comment by jay blavard on March 26, 2016 at 8:47pm

Reminds me of the "not for U.S. use "  mustang I had. Since it was ordered in Panama, it came with the big numbers in Kilos on speedometer. Woo Hoo, wide open, the speedo went past "160"!

Comment by Christopher Michaut on March 11, 2016 at 12:06am

Yea when they put that man on the moon they used metric!

Its true that Kreg is based on the imperial system but in all honesty its not all that difficult to figure once you use the system often enough!

Comment by Paul Steiner on March 6, 2016 at 9:29am

There are two types of countries in the world, those that put a man on the moon and those that use metric.  

Comment by Robert Brennan on February 24, 2016 at 3:08am

Yo good work Phill

Congratulations, lets see a post real soon !!

Did you need to send the imperial unit back to Kreg?

I shall have to go work on Carbatec now with their imperial Incra Products.

Are Carbatec  the only importers ? we  need some more competition!!    maybe the "new" Masters will give them a hurry up price and product wise ...... Masters certainly fixed the Titebond Glue prices ...for a while!!

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