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Originally Posted by Lonesome Moose
From everyones experience is the old school paper service/parts manuals the way to go or do pdf and have it on my computer???
I can't really say. I have the new holland reprint of the ford '65-75 thousand series service manual set, which I thought was a poor deal (once I had it in hand) at ~$200 - they now seem to want $750 or something crazy like that for it. 25 Parts in 5 volumes, but seriously lacking in useful information sometimes, and a lot of "try to figure out how a super major (whatever the heck that is) relates to your thousand series in the manual set that's supposed to be all about the thousand series, fer crying out loud...plus lot of look here, but then go get that piece about this tractor there, and then there's another detail hidden off in this section...maddening.
Evidently there are a variety of cheaper options on auction sites and tractor sites, but I have no direct experience with those. I'm not convinced that the bound reprint set I have is really the same as the 3-ring binder service manuals actually used in the shops, but it's what there is, new. Especially at the last price I saw for it, I can't whole-heartedly recommend it.
If a PDF manual is a lot cheaper for you, buy a cheap (under $100) laser printer and print what you need from it, quite possibly for less than a paper manual would cost you. Don't try that with an inkjet, the cost to print will make it a losing proposition.
As for the NH parts diagrams, if you have the computer, you can just look up their site. Though I just tried and was able to copy a diagram and save to my computer, so I don't know what's blocking you. Try something like "open image in new window" when you've clicked on the drawing first to see if that helps any, or try a different web browser.
Also, if you were to get that cheap printer, they have a button on the top to "view printable diagram and parts list". Note that you should start from CNH Construction rather than Agriculture for the utility tractors, though it probably ends up the same place in the end.