Search Tips and Tricks
Searching for replacement parts online is easy if you know a few tips and tricks. The most important thing to remember is that you should start your search with generic nomenclature and refine it as you get closer to an exact match.
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- “O-Z/ Gedney #YR120808″ should be refined to its part number “YR120808″.
- HXC4A-ITW … get rid of dashes. Try HXC4A or with a wildcard
HXC4A* for better results.
- 6/5VF1700 … get rid of slashes. Try 5VF1700. Multiple wildcards
work too like *5VF1700*.
From there, use the following search tips.
This query specifies only one term for retrieving all of the documents which contain that term, for example: 1422V360
Sometimes a manufacturer will publish part numbers with dashes or spaces when you don’t expect it. We try to eliminate this possibility but if you’re having trouble finding something try using the wildcard operator: 1422V*
Or, expand the query with a wildcard in the front of the partial search term:*422V*
Simply put the asterisk at the start or end of the part you’re looking for. This will tell the search engine to look for partial matches.
This query specifies two or more terms for retrieving all of the documents which contain both terms. Insert the
and operator between the terms, e.g. 1422V360 and belt
You can omit the
and operator. Terms which are separated by one or more spaces are assumed to be an AND query.
This query specifies two or more terms for retrieving all documents which contain any one term. Insert the
or operator between the terms, e.g. Belt or Vbelt
This query specifies two or more terms for retrieving all of the documents which contain a first term but do not contain the following terms. Insert the
not operator between the terms, for example: Sheave not Pulley
You can group queries by surrounding them by parentheses. The parentheses should be separated by one or more spaces. e.g.( Pulley or Sheave ) and Gates not Bando
You can search for a phrase that consists of two or more terms by surrounding them with double quotation marks or braces such as
The are three types of searching by substring matching.
- Prefix matching
*net (terms which terminated with
inter* (terms which begin with
- Inside matching
*text* (terms which contain
- Suffix matching
You can use regular expressions for pattern matching. The regular expressions must be surrounded by slashes like
/.../. Namazu uses Ruby’s regular expressions engine. It generally offers a Perl compatible flavor. e.g., /1422V(480|540)/