Service Manuals also know as Shop and Repair Manuals are books published by the product builder. They include extensive directions to analyze and repair the particular product. They are very detailed and could include comprehensive service instructions and procedures, removing and installing procedures, dissassembly and assembly, and overhaul procedures, analysis and testing procedures & complete in-depth illustrations. These are the identical manuals the professionals use.
Parts Catalogs also called Parts Manuals are books printed from the product producers showing a complete listing of the manufacturer parts or assembly for the particular item by complete in-depth illustration or a numerical listing of parts numbers and names. It doesn’t contain any assembly, maintenance, or owners directions.
Owners Manuals also called Operator/Operating and Instruction Manuals are books published by the product producers accompanying the specific product explaining how to install or to operate the exact product, safety directions and warranty material.