How to Find Farm Equipment Manuals

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Farm equipment manuals have an uncanny knack of misplacing themselves--even if you owned the manual yourself at one point and didn't inherit a manual-less machine. Because the machine and the manual are frequently stored in different places, they often get separated. Since this is such a common problem, there are lots of ways to obtain the manuals of current models of farm equipment. Manuals belonging to older models, however, will take a little more effort to find.

  • Contact the manufacturer. Many manufacturers, such as Craftsman and John Deere, have large databases of electronic versions of their farm equipment manuals. These databases can be searched by product type and/or model number. If you can't find your manual in one of these databases, phone the manufacturer.

  • Contact distributors. Call around to distributors in your and other areas to see if they have the manual you're looking for. A quick way to narrow the search is to search online for third party distributors that sell your model or at least carry its manufacturer's products.

  • Search online databases. Certain websites like devicemanuals.com and lawnandgarden.manualsonline.com carry a wide variety of farm equipment manuals. And most of these sites offer the manuals for no charge.

  • Place a classified ad. Sites such as Craigslist and your local newspaper are a great place to advertise your search. The added benefit of the Internet is that your ad will not only appear to other users, but a search of that piece of farm equipment may pull up your page as well. For the best results, properly categorize your advertisement and give the model number and manufacturer.

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