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Offline Bugsysiegals

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Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« on: October 14, 2020, 01:54 PM »
Besides the scale on the extensions, are there any differences between Imperial and Metric versions of the Kapex?

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Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2020, 03:46 PM »
One cuts in Metric the other does not [eek]

Not that I am aware of...

Offline Mark Katz

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2020, 03:58 PM »
In the metric version, the angle scale is marked in hundredths of a radian - approximately .56 degrees.

Just kidding.

Offline Bugsysiegals

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2020, 04:15 PM »
In the metric version, the angle scale is marked in hundredths of a radian - approximately .56 degrees.

Just kidding.
Perfect, will help me practice for my mil-dot scope!!

Just curious as some Imperial units are available in a few days but Metric will not be until later in November.  I was considering if I should go Imperial and switch the rules myself but wasn’t sure if there’s any differences besides this and if I can even switch the rules afterwards.


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Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2020, 04:32 PM »
Grew up on imperial, but have found metric is much easier for me to use...personal preferences trump, but again...i seem to make fewer mistakes with metric.  Does require that you have a metric tape measure though  ;)

Offline Bugsysiegals

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2020, 05:08 PM »
Grew up on imperial, but have found metric is much easier for me to use...personal preferences trump, but again...i seem to make fewer mistakes with metric.  Does require that you have a metric tape measure though  ;)

Unfortunately my TS55, OF1400, and OF1010 all have Imperial rules.  I've lots of Metric rules, agreed with less mistakes if you measure correctly, and also Imperial rules I had before converting.

Offline Doug S

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2020, 07:01 PM »
Reading this just made me realise I have never used the scale on my Kapex, I always mark the workpiece with a tape measure and check again when cut or mark the work piece by holding it in the gap it's going in and putting a mark where it needs cutting if you know what I mean.


Offline Bugsysiegals

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2020, 09:10 PM »
Reading this just made me realise I have never used the scale on my Kapex, I always mark the workpiece with a tape measure and check again when cut or mark the work piece by holding it in the gap it's going in and putting a mark where it needs cutting if you know what I mean.

I wonder how many others have the wings and don’t use the rule ... I thought that was the biggest advantage of having them.

Offline kevinculle

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2020, 08:14 AM »
Agreed, there is no way that marking each individual workpiece to be cut to the same dimension can be as repeatable (and accurate if the UG extension scales are calibrated) as cutting to a set stop.  It is critical when using the stop that care is taken that sawdust and debris do not come between the workpiece and stop.

Offline Doug S

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2020, 04:43 PM »
Agreed, there is no way that marking each individual workpiece to be cut to the same dimension can be as repeatable (and accurate if the UG extension scales are calibrated) as cutting to a set stop.  It is critical when using the stop that care is taken that sawdust and debris do not come between the workpiece and stop.

I always use the flag stops for repeat cuts it's just I don't use the scale for the initial measurement, I cut the first piece to length then slide the stop up to it, just how I have always worked. Maybe it's because I work in imperial a lot and the scale is metric. I never use the laser either but know some people love them, we all do things differently.

Offline fin

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2020, 05:29 PM »
never used the scales on the kapex wings.... never even checked to see if theyre that accurate. (according to my tape measiere atleast... also my lasers are out too so they never get turned on.. apart from if its in a dark room just so it looks kinda cool like

Offline Don T

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2020, 02:32 PM »
Reading this just made me realise I have never used the scale on my Kapex, I always mark the workpiece with a tape measure and check again when cut or mark the work piece by holding it in the gap it's going in and putting a mark where it needs cutting if you know what I mean.

I wonder how many others have the wings and don’t use the rule ... I thought that was the biggest advantage of having them.
I have never used the rule. I always measure one the put the stop in place for multiples.
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Offline Bugsysiegals

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Re: Kapex - Imperial vs Metric - Differences?
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2020, 03:14 PM »
Do you guys use a marking knife when transferring from a tape measure to the stock?  I typically use a pencil and so figured setting the flag stop would reduce any errors here...