Service Manuals also called Shop & Repair Manuals are guides available by the manufacturer. The service guides include complete instructions to diagnose & repair the specific item. The service guides are very detailed and may contain comprehensive service information and procedures, removal and installation procedures, dissassembly and assembly, and overhaul procedures, analysis and testing procedures & complete in-depth illustrations. These are the identical manuals the techs use.
Parts Catalog’s also called Parts Manuals are guides printed directly from the product makers showing a complete listing of the makers parts or assemblies for the particular item by complete in-depth illustration or a numerical listing of the part numbers & names. It does not outline any assembly, maintenance, or operating instructions.
Owners Manuals also called Operator/Operating and Instruction Manuals are hand books available by the builder accompanying the specific item explaining how to install or operate the exact item, safety instructions & warranty material.