I'm looking into buying a benchtop lathe and I understand that the hand wheels may be graduated in either inch or metric. I also understand that some machines can cut both inch or metric threads. I live in Canada where we are officially metric but functionally, many of us still use inches. I think that metric is by far the easier system to use after having used both.
The lathe is strictly for hobby use (so far) and I may end up buying some plans for projects to build. I want to buy a good quality lathe.
Assuming that the lathe can be ordered in either metric or inch graduations, what are the arguments for and against metric? Any other considerations ?
Does any of this make sense ?