Service Manuals also called Shop and Repair Manuals are hand guides available from the product makers. The service repair manuals include extensive directions to identify and fix the certain product. The service repair manuals are very detailed and may contain comprehensive service instructions and procedures, removal and installation procedures, dissassembly and assembly, and overhaul procedures, diagnosis and testing procedures & complete in-depth illustrations. These service repair manuals are the same exact manuals the technician use.
Parts Catalogs also called Parts Manuals are books printed by the product makers showing a complete listing of the manufacturer parts or assembly for the particular item by detailed illustration or a numerical listing of parts numbers and names. It does not include any assembly, maintenance, or operating directions.
Owners Manuals also called Operator/Operating & Instruction Manuals are guides available by the product producers accompanying the specific product explaining how to install or operate the specific product, safety directions and warranty information.