There are basically three types of manuals
Which manual do I need for my machine?
Each manual serves a distinct purpose for your machine
Please note, in the event that description and picture don't match - assume description is correct!
Also called an owners manual, instruction book, handbook or handuchen
This type of manual has information on how to safely operate and use the machine.
Usually includes basic maintenance, safety information and specifications
The same manual that would have come with the machine when delivered new
Also called a parts book, parts catalog, parts catalogue, or spare parts list
This is the same manual used by the representative at your dealers parts counter although
most of those manuals are now in computer database format
Parts manuals have exploded views of all parts, their relationship and location.
Usually these manuals include the part number and a brief description. Invaluable for reassembly!
Also called a shop, repair, workshop, tech and technical manual
There are several types of these (more later - see below)
The service manuals tell you how to repair the machine, remove parts, rebuild etc.
Some are very detailed original dealer manuals while others are shortened versions
or for specific areas of repair - i.e. Hydraulic system only.
Please read our descriptions - many of the newer tractor service manuals,
do not include the engines - they are in separate books
Other types of manuals:
I&T service manual
These manuals are made for tractors and have been published since the early 1950's
and are still available today. I&T service manuals are "The necessary specifications and the
brief but terse procedural data needed by a mechanic when repairing a tractor on which he
has no previous actual experience" - for the experienced guy!
I&T service manuals are not equivalent to a full dealer manual but are cheaper to buy.
Operation and Test manual
Operation and Test manuals are usually made by John Deere and tell you how to figure out which
component is causing the problem. These manuals do not usually tell you how to repair the item.
Usually these manuals are from John Deere. Diagnostic manuals help diagnose the problem
Diagnostics manuals usually contain electrical and hydraulic schematics (fold outs)
These manuals rarely contain actual repair information.
Schematic manuals are produced by many companies, these manuals are usually fold out
plans/diagrams of electrical and/or hydraulic systems.
These manuals show cables, pipes, hoses and connectors and illustrate their colors, routing, and size.
Schematic manuals contain no repair information