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What is the difference between metric and imperial bolts?

Telling the difference between a metric and imperial bolt is easy. If the bolt has numbers on the head then its metric. These markings indicate how strong the bolt is they call this tensile strength. With an imperial bolt the more lines you have the higher the tensile the stronger the bolt.

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Also asked, what's the difference between standard and metric bolts?

The standard American bolt is defined by the inch system designation. For standard bolts, the head size is measured in inches or fractions of an inch. For metric bolts, head size is measured in millimeters. However, metric bolt head size is measured in millimeters.

Beside above, how are imperial bolts measured? For length, measure from under the head to the end with the bolt gauge or digital caliper. For diameter, use the holes in the bolt gauge or digital caliper. USS and SAE threads are determined by threads per inch on backside of gauge. For size, use the towers at the ends of the bolt gauge or digital caliper.

Secondly, what is an imperial thread?

A threading is primarily defined by the (major) diameter of the barrel and the distance between consecutive threads. In imperial nomenclature, a 1/4"-20 cap screw has a 1/4" diameter barrel and the pitch is 20 threads per inch (TPI).

Is Imperial and SAE the same?

SAE is a reference to the American standard sizes for parts and tools. USCS is the American system of units in which SAE standard sizes are measured. Imperial is another system of units formerly used in the UK. Metric refers both to the SI system of units, and also to the current set of standard sizes used worldwide.

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