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Re: off topic but on topic rant

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06-19-2013 14:49:31

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Being a mechainc by trade I, more than most, understand how nice it is to have a manual when your working on a piece of equipment. That said, finding a manual for an old piece of equipment isn't always as easy as some people would like you to believe it is. Granted there are hundreds of places that have manuals, but finding one for a specific piece of equipment, especially something like an implement, is often like finding a needle in a haystack. Then, even if you find the manual, say on Ebay, your often bidding against someone else for ONE copy so there's no guarantee of anything. Then throw in that many places ask far more for a manual than someone want's to pay to figure out a 5 minute repair, and it makes getting what you need next to impossible.

I realize that the manuals, for some older equipment, aren't usually that expensive, but try even finding one for a new machine nowdays. A new machine might come with an operators manual, but try finding a repair manual that doesn't have to be special ordered......and I say special because you pay the 'special' price too. The last ones I called about were for two Volvo rubber tired loaders. Each service manual was nearly $600. Heck I called about one for a CAT mini track loader a few years back and that manual was over $1000. In the end, with prices like that, the fact that most new manuals have to be special ordered (often with a couple of week lead time), all that's involved with finding and obtaining one for an older machine, and not being able plan your breakdowns around all of it, having a manual every time you need it IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN....Unless you win the lottery, so you can put a team on tracking down every manual you need, and when found 'money is no object'..... I don't know about every one else, but none of those things are going to happen for me any time soon. So, I guess I'll just have to keep muddling along asking questions from anyone that might know the answer, just as you did. Anyone that doesn't like it can come make the repair themselves....since they obviously have a book for EVERYTHING they own, or they wouldn't be badmouthing someone that doesn't...........

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