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Old 03-01-2020, 22:08   #1
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Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

Hi all,

Im repowering with a new Beta 50 soon. Just looking at my tools and I wondered if the Beta has metric or imperial bolt sizes?

Anyone with one who can advise? Also, aside from the usual collection of spanners, which tools do you need for regular maintenance?

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Re: Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

99% sure it's all metric.
1% unsure
Nah, make that 99.9% sure!
Same tools as for any other small boat engine.
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Re: Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

Metric. The beta 50 is based on a Kubota V2203 engine. Made in Japan. I think you will find all engines manufactured today are metric, even U.S made engines. I suggest that you purchase a workshop manual from any Kubota dealer. Beta will tell you the part number for the manual.
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Re: Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

This is reassuring, I was worried that the UK conversion might have introduced non-metric bits.
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This is reassuring, I was worried that the UK conversion might have introduced non-metric bits.
My prediction for this decade is that Imperial bolts will go the way of Whitworth bolts within ten years.
Prolly be wrong though
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This is reassuring, I was worried that the UK conversion might have introduced non-metric bits.
The UK has been metric for a long time.

It is only us Yanks and you Aussies that still use Imperial. The rest of the world has wised up.
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The UK has been metric for a long time.

It is only us Yanks and you Aussies that still use Imperial. The rest of the world has wised up.
Fixed it for you
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The UK has been metric for a long time.

It is only us Yanks and you Aussies that still use Imperial. The rest of the world has wised up.
US, Burma, and Liberia actually. Aussies changed over during the 70s and 80s, nothing imperial there from this century, like most of the rest of the world.

Having known imperial measurements back from the early 70s in the UK when I was in primary school, I still find it hilarious watching YouTube woodworking videos from the states where they talk in fractions of inches.
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Fixed it for you
I stand corrected. We are the only major country that is still backwards on this. I seem to remember when I was in Australia in the late '90s that it was Imperial.
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Metric. The beta 50 is based on a Kubota V2203 engine. Made in Japan. I think you will find all engines manufactured today are metric, even U.S made engines. I suggest that you purchase a workshop manual from any Kubota dealer. Beta will tell you the part number for the manual.
No need to purchase the Kubota manual, give Beta a call and they will email one straight out to you.

Edit, thats Beta head office in the UK, their US counterparts are less generous.
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This is reassuring, I was worried that the UK conversion might have introduced non-metric bits.
UK manufacturing, industry has been metric for many decades , as a mechanic in my youth many years ago all cars very metric, only the old leylands and Jaguars that came in were imperial and a bloody pain ,
Even the old tank Skodas from Russia which I had the pleasure of working on one was metric with steel so thick you needed a air hammer to get through it
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Re: Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

The one intelligent thing Napoleon, with his hatred for anything British, did. Driving on the right side of the road? Not so smart.
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Did not Napoleon not end up defeated at Waterloo by the Duke Wellington as commander, and held at St Helena is the South Atlantic as a prisoner, and his only claim to fame is the phrase Napoleon Syndrome !!
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Re: Beta Engines, metric or imperial?

Canada is also dyslexic when it comes to units. Officially all metric; but since so much of our equipment and hardware comes from south of the border, you really cannot function without both SAE and metric tools. Almost all domestic hardware (threads, plumbing, etc) is in SAE/imperial/US formats in the big box stores still. Its a mess, and maddening...

I run an engineering company here, and weve had painful experiences with suppliers taking our design files in one set of units and producing in another... and 25.4 is one hell of a multiplier! We have a few examples of this on our wall of shame that every new employee gets introduced to, as a preventative measure!
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