I did not realize that, as I was really more curious about the use of NEAR TO and FAR FROM. Thanks for pointing that out. "Equipment" is a plural word, though, is it not (I was taught that "equipments" is an acceptable term nowadays)?
@heypresto: actually, it was also from the book. I typed it the way it is so as to show you how it actually appears as a text. (This one is different from what I posted weeks ago about Which/Who usage, but seems like the same text.).
I am sorry for that. Does that violate a forum rule?
It does NOT breach any forum rules, the fact that you typed it as written helps us to help you.
Anyway, back to the original question ...
'Far' and 'near' are, supposedly, direct opposites; as are 'far from' and 'near to'. I can think of no logical reason why you can drop the preposition in one case but not the other, but that is the way it is.