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I am looking at purchasing the two Haynes Techbooks for small engine repair. One is from 1990 and covers up through 5 hp engines and the other is from 1999 and covers 5.5 hp up through 20 hp engines. I can get both at The Motor Bookstore for 21.95 each.
My questions are:
Are these the best, most comprehensive books/manuals available or is there another better source? Any newer up-to-date manuals I should consider?
I took small engine repair in 4-H as a kid and could take apart and put back together a motor with my eyes closed. I have literally forgotten all that skill-set over the years.
My health is poor [IBS, celiac disease/gastrointestinal issues] so going down to the local community college and taking a hands-on course is not an option at this time. I just want the best manuals available for my birthday.
Thank you for your wisdom.
 

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There are a few different Tecumseh books available for free on the internet.

There is also youtube. It is a lot easier to learn by watching someone do it than reading a book.
 

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I think I have those Haynes manuals…not bad to have especially if you’re only needing a comprehensive refresher (wrenching on small engines is almost like riding a bike). I haven’t referenced that manual in years…since discovering the online service manuals & youtube as Shyrp pointed out. There are a few engine rebuild series on youtube…I don’t always agree with how they do things but they can be quite useful just seeing how things work together.
 

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if you want the "manual" for basic general repair Haynes are ok. if you want one that covers everything in detail you would want to get what is called full "service manual", or sometimes called a "workshop manual" not a repair manual. there is a big difference between the two, and service, manuals can be hard to come by sometimes, but worth the effort to find them. for example a haynes repair manual may be 200 pages for a item. a service or workshop manual for the same item will prob run 700 pages or more with every little code and spec you can imagine. those are what I get instead of the haynes
 
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