5 Hints for Using a Parts Book
All machine tools and peripheral equipment come with instruction manuals and parts books. These days they may be electronic files in place of or in addition to paper books. The electronic versions are particularly handy as they are easier to store and find. Plus you can usually use them on your PC, laptop, tablet, or other mobile device.
Regardless of a parts book’s format, your goal is to find the part you’re looking for as quickly as possible. So what’s the most efficient way to go about this? Although each manufacturer has its own way of presenting information, you can likely find what you’re looking for by following these steps:
- Start with the table of contents. This is usually located in the front of a parts book and lists the primary components of the machine. Typically parts are grouped together under general categories, such as “Covers” or “Headstock Components,” so first check the general category you believe the part belongs to. In most cases think about the physical location of the part on the machine and relate that position to the general category. If you don’t find it there, it may be part of another group. If, for example, the manufacturer has grouped all electrical components under one classification, a switch or other electrical device is probably listed in this group.
- Still can’t find the part? If the parts book has an Index in the back and you know the correct name for the part, this alphabetical listing should direct you to the appropriate page or general category.
- Look for a drawing. Most parts books have extensive exploded views of the various machine components that call out everything from major parts like motors to nuts and bolts. Find the drawing that shows the general area where the part you’re looking for is located and look for the specific part. In most cases there will be a reference number, often containing a page number and the number of the appropriate line on which you’ll find the part name and number you’re looking for.
- Read the listing and parts numbers carefully. When you find the part you’re looking for on the list, you may discover that it is just one piece of an entire assembly. If you order the part number of the complete assembly, you’ll be paying for more than you need. If the various components of the assembly are broken down and have individual part numbers, just order the part you need. If you don’t see such a breakdown, contact the Gosiger Parts Department by calling 866-385-2798 to see if we can get you just what you need and thus save you some money.
- Consumables are more likely to be found in the maintenance or operations manuals for your machine.
Following these simple steps can help you order your parts quickly and easily. Still having problems finding what you need? Give the Gosiger Parts Department a call at (866) 385-2798. We’re here to serve you Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 7:30 pm EST. After hours emergency service is also available.