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RSS By: Dan Anderson, Farm Journal

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

Parts Info In The Palm of Your Hands

May 12, 2013

 Cool news for some of you, related to my previous post about using cell phones/smart phones to take pictures of farm equipment to help identify parts needed for repairs.

Rodney S., one of our regular readers, let me know that there is a smart phone app called "Case IH My Shed" that allows red equipment owners to enter their equipment into the app so that when each piece of equipment is accessed, submenus with filters, decals, frames and factory-installed parts pops up. A pop-out menu provides exploded diagrams with detailed parts numbers. Kris says once you identify the part you need you can order it online, specify which dealer to send it to, or tap the screen and have the phone dial your local dealers to see if the part is in stock. Cool!

Rodney also mentioned an aspect of that app that I use frequently on the laptop I carry in my service truck. Many times when reassembling equipment, it's more understandable for me to reference a blown-up parts diagram to see how pieces are supposed to fit together than it is to use the "repair" manual for that machine. So, if you forget which side of the assembly a washer goes on, or whether a certain bolt should be head-in or head-out, this app gives you access to a blown-up diagram with answers to your reassembly questions.

Sadly, that's only if you're working on red equipment.  If any of you know of similar apps for equipment of other colors, let me know and I'll pass it on.

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