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In which case would one be more appropriate than the other?

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Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/1733/…. – Ataraxia Oct 5 '13 at 14:23
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This can be checked in a dictionary:


To summarize, 機械 is usually used for machines which make use of some motive force (like an electrical motor), 器械 is usually used for devices which are operated by humans directly (via a crank/handle, for example).





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Do you think maybe we should add 器具 for archival? – Daniel Safari Oct 5 '13 at 13:47

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