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Mick B126/09/2019 15:10:02
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There was a thread a year or so back illustrating an apparent error on M&W 6"/15cm. steel rules, where mine and at least one other were showing the same short measure on the first 1/2 mm. :-

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I lost this rule shortly after this, and was using another "Products Engineering" rule instead - but lately this has lost the blacking in some of the calibrations and was sometimes hard to read, so I bought a new M&W to see if they've fixed the problem.

It looks as if they have:-

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I think the markings may be deeper too.

Michael Gilligan26/09/2019 15:12:15
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So ... now it’s More & Right

devil MichaelG.

Brian Wood26/09/2019 15:25:43
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Very droll Michael!!!

Spurry26/09/2019 15:36:44
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It's such a shame that they do not manufacture an easy-to-read rule as they used to. Personally, I find the 1/2mm markings quite a distraction too.

Pete

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Vic26/09/2019 16:15:39
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Yes I’m not very fond of the 1/2 mm markings either. I have a rule like that Pete, excellent tool.

I do quite like the Japanese 6” flexible rules when I can find one. I think the Cats have run off with one of mine so I’ve had to order another! laugh

Neil Wyatt26/09/2019 16:53:52
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In school I was taught never to measure from the end of the rule unless you absolutely have to.

Neil

Mick B126/09/2019 17:16:57
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 26/09/2019 16:53:52:

In school I was taught never to measure from the end of the rule unless you absolutely have to.

Neil

I'd say it depends on the wear state of the rule, the accessibility and regularity of the datum face, prevailing lighting conditions and maybe other things I've not thought of - but I certainly do so sometimes.

Edited By Mick B1 on 26/09/2019 17:17:26

Bill Davies 226/09/2019 18:37:16
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I always liked the design that Sperry shows. I think it was an NPL (National Physical Laboratory) design. Much easier on the eyes. I had a boxwood rule with that design, but it has disappeared somewhere over the years.

Tony Pratt 126/09/2019 18:47:51
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It's a rule guys, yes make it correctly but only a rule in the end.

Tony

Phil P26/09/2019 23:09:37
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I seem to remember that those 6" rules with the dodgy end were given away as a freebie with one of the magazines a few years ago !!

My dad spotted the problem straight away on his, and told me to check mine out as well which was just as bad.

Maybe M&W were giving them away as a bad batch. Mine only gets used used on the metal cut off saw for rough measurements of bar stock.

Phil

Nigel Graham 226/09/2019 23:35:05
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Half-millimetre markings "a distraction"... One of my rules' inch scales has 1/128" divisions on it. Don't think my eyes were ever that sharp!

Hopper26/09/2019 23:40:45
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I wouldn't be surprised if the ruler in the first pic is a knock-off. Very poor definition of both the numbers and the lines compared with the ruler in the second pic. Almost as if the first were cheaply etched using a M&W as the original.

There is a lot of it about. Look at all the "Mitutoyo" dial gauges and calipers out there that clearly are not from Mitutoyo. So widespread that Mitutoyo has a page on their website on how to distinguish the fakes. Even buying from a reputable supplier is no guarantee these days. They get fooled too.

Same thing has been happening with fake "genuine" Toyota car parts. Being imported by the container load over here. (Oz)

Mick B127/09/2019 09:21:13
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Posted by Hopper on 26/09/2019 23:40:45:

I wouldn't be surprised if the ruler in the first pic is a knock-off. Very poor definition of both the numbers and the lines compared with the ruler in the second pic. Almost as if the first were cheaply etched using a M&W as the original.

There is a lot of it about. Look at all the "Mitutoyo" dial gauges and calipers out there that clearly are not from Mitutoyo. So widespread that Mitutoyo has a page on their website on how to distinguish the fakes. Even buying from a reputable supplier is no guarantee these days. They get fooled too.

Same thing has been happening with fake "genuine" Toyota car parts. Being imported by the container load over here. (Oz)

Hmmm... well, the second example came from the same well-known and (AFAIK) well-regarded supplier as the first. I would have *thought* that they'd maintain quite a careful watch over what was getting into their supply chain.

However, for decades now the brand-name on many items has had a pretty tangled relationship with the actual maker - it often represents at best a set of inspection standards, and at worst a milking of badge-reputation that by its nature can only be temporary. So I don't know if the term "knock-off" actually has any verifiable meaning these days.

ega27/09/2019 09:35:27
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Posted by Spurry on 26/09/2019 15:36:44:

It's such a shame that they do not manufacture an easy-to-read rule as they used to. Personally, I find the 1/2mm markings quite a distraction too.

Pete

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According to their catalogue these "Saw-Tooth Graduations" were "specially introduced for easy reading by students and apprentices".

Circlip27/09/2019 10:49:49
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Must have been the same religion as Neil's, Never measure from the end of a rule. I still always start from the first full numeral, be it rule or tape. Other commandment, NEVER use a milling cutter in a drill chuck, emphasised with a piece of 4 x 2 (100 x 50) on the back of the head. I still remember everything taught by my crusty old mentors from my apprentice (PROPPER ones) days.

Regards Ian.

Spurry27/09/2019 12:55:43
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Posted by ega on 27/09/2019 09:35:27
According to their catalogue these "Saw-Tooth Graduations" were "specially introduced for easy reading by students and apprentices".

That would seem to infer that students and apprentices no longer have such a requirement. (or they no longer exist)

With regard to Ian's post regarding his "crusty old mentors", not all of us have been so fortunate to have such a knowledge base, and have to make it up as we go along.

Pete

Mick B127/09/2019 13:00:01
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Posted by Circlip on 27/09/2019 10:49:49:

Must have been the same religion as Neil's, Never measure from the end of a rule. I still always start from the first full numeral, be it rule or tape. Other commandment, NEVER use a milling cutter in a drill chuck, emphasised with a piece of 4 x 2 (100 x 50) on the back of the head. I still remember everything taught by my crusty old mentors from my apprentice (PROPPER ones) days.

Regards Ian.

Well, to me, engineering is about being ingenious - the words have the same root - and that means adapting your solutions to meet the issues you find, not regarding advice given long ago in a different situation as holy writ. Sure, there are plenty of times when it's better to use a line than the end, but never is too big a word.

There are times when I've used a small milling cutter in big drill chuck, too, for light cuts - though I'd agree it's not generally desirable.

DMB27/09/2019 14:44:31
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I once used a long rule to mark out my loco frames starting from the 1 inch division as I felt that the end of the rule could not be relied upon. Guess what? All went OK until I finished marking out, each time compensating for the "lost inch." On checking it all again, still seemed OK. After drilling all the holes and enlarging the big hole at the front end for the outside cylinder exhaust pipe, I discovered it was 1 inch adrift! Bugger! Then I thought, if patched frames were good enough for that centre of engineering excellence in Swindon (and no doubt elsewhere), then it's got to be good enough for me. I ended up with 2 large adjacent holes. So beware!

Simon036227/09/2019 14:50:49
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Posted by Michael Gilligan on 26/09/2019 15:12:15:

So ... now it’s More & Right

devil MichaelG.

Michael, made my day!

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Tim Stevens27/09/2019 16:54:50
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A little jokette from the 1960s;

'Ive got a foot but I don't use it as a rule'

I can't bring myself to recall the context

tim

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