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Types of Manuals
SAMS has been producing original technical manuals since 1946 for a wide range of consumer products. We've been recognized as a staple in the repair shop business for over 50 years. Over time many manufactures have turned to us to warehouse their service and owners manuals. We now provide several different types of manuals, each type of manual has its own unique set of included materials. You'll find additional information about each type of manual below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for additional information.
This item is a SAMS Photofact® original manual which contains a complete set of schematics with voltages, wave forms, component location guides, parts list and service adjustments covering TVs, VCRs, radios, audio equipment (MHF) etc.
This item is a SAMS Quickfact original manual which is designed to help with the repair of newer TVs including LED, LCD and Plasma televisions. These manuals include a power supply schematic, a board placement diagram with connector charts, component locations, service adjustments and parts list.
This item is an OEM service manual which contains the manufacturer's service data that they release to repair centers. These may contain some detailed drawings, diagrams, schematics or parts list provided directly by the manufacturer at their discretion.
This item is an OEM owners manual which is the operating manual you get when you purchase a product. It usually contains a small troubleshooting section for connecting to other peripherals and equipment. These almost never contain detailed drawings, diagrams, schematics or part lists.
SAMS now has a complete set of Perpetual Troubleshooter's Manuals by John F. Rider available through our website. These manuals cover radios and televisions made from 1925 to 1950. SAMS has over 48,000 Riders Repair Documents in our inventory plus over 220,000 repair manuals in the SAMS Index. We add manuals daily.

You can search the Riders Index to look for the model radio or television you are searching to find. Each Rider Index lists brands alphabetically, and under each brand the models are listed by model # or chassis #. Once you find what you are looking for just send us a manual request through our website and we can inform you of pricing and the option for electronic downloads.

If you have difficulty finding your Brand and Model in the index remember, you can always call SAMS with your questions at 1-800-428-7267.
This item is an OEM service guide which contains some useful service data that they release to repair centers. These do not contain any detailed drawings, diagrams, schematics or parts lists.
This item contains OEM schematics only and may be the only information available from the manufacturer. Photofact refers to these as "The PHOTOFACT® Servicer" or "SED" (Special Equipment Data). Some OEM information may have been published by Howard W. Sams courtesy of the manufacture.
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