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DR SCOUT
FIELD and BRUSH MOWER
Safety & Operating Instructions
Please read instructions before operating machine
And congratulations on your purchase of a new DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH
MOWER!
We have done our utmost to ensure that your DR® SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH
MOWER will be one of the most trouble-free and satisfying pieces of equipment you
have ever owned. Please let us know of any questions or problems you may have. We
want to answer or correct them as quickly as possible. (When you do call, please have
your serial number and/or order number handy—it will speed things up!) We also
hope to hear from you on how much you like your new helper.
And, please tell your friends about your new DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH
MOWER! Having DR Owners spread the word about our products and our way of
doing business is the best advertising we can have, and the best way to help us provide
even better service in the years to come.
Thanks once again!
for all of us at
Country Home Products, Inc. 
SALES MANAGER
COPYRIGHT
2004 Country Home Products, Inc. All rights reserved.
DOCUMENTATION
Written by: Ed Melen of EVM Technical Writing
Country Home Products, Inc.
Meigs Road
P.O. Box 25
Vergennes, VT 05491
Toll-free phone: 1-800-DR-OWNER (376-9637)
Fax: 1-802-877-1213
Web site: www.dr-owner.com
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introducing the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER ..............1
Conventions used in this manual.................................................................................................... 1
Chapter 2: Safety Considerations..........................................................................2
Preparing to Use the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER ................................................ 2
Safety Information Labels............................................................................................................... 2
Protecting Yourself ......................................................................................................................... 4
Operating the Machine Safely ........................................................................................................ 4
Safety with Gasoline-Powered Machines ....................................................................................... 5
A Note to All Users ......................................................................................................................... 6
Additional Information and Potential Changes................................................................................ 6
Chapter 3: Setting Up Your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER .............7
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Controls and Features .............................................. 7
Unpacking the Mower..................................................................................................................... 8
Check the Tire Pressure................................................................................................................. 8
Adding Oil and Gasoline................................................................................................................. 9
Chapter 4: Operating Your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER ............10
Before Starting the Engine ............................................................................................................10
Starting ..........................................................................................................................................10
Engaging the Wheel Drive.............................................................................................................11
Engaging the Blade .......................................................................................................................11
Stopping the Blade ........................................................................................................................11
Stopping the Engine ......................................................................................................................12
Obstacle Tips ................................................................................................................................12
Slopes ...........................................................................................................................................13
If the machine gets hung up ..........................................................................................................13
Cutting Brush & Saplings...............................................................................................................14
Reverse .........................................................................................................................................14
Chapter 5: Maintaining the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER ............16
Regular Maintenance Check List...................................................................................................16
Lubrication.....................................................................................................................................17
Removing the Engine Oil...............................................................................................................18
Removing and Replacing the Blade Belt .......................................................................................19
Removing and Replacing the Drive Belt ........................................................................................20
Removing and Replacing the Blade ..............................................................................................21
Adjusting the Wheel Clutch ...........................................................................................................22
Removing and Replacing the Drive Chain.....................................................................................23
Adjusting the Blade Engagement Cable ........................................................................................24
Replacing the Blade Clutch Springs ..............................................................................................25
Removing the Wheels ...................................................................................................................26
End of Season & Storage ..............................................................................................................27
Chapter 6: Troubleshooting and Warranty .........................................................28
Troubleshooting Table...................................................................................................................28
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Chapter 1: Introducing the DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
Thank you for the purchase of your new DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER.
This manual will help you set up and safely operate your new DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER. Careful adherence to the safety and operating instructions in this
manual will ensure many years of productive use.
Please let us know if you have any questions or problems by contacting us via or our tollfree phone number. Our contact information is listed inside the front cover of this manual.
When you call, please have your serial number or order number available so we can help
you quickly.
Conventions used in this manual
WARNING! The exclamation point within a triangle alerts you to
essential operating, safety, and maintenance (servicing) instructions.
Important! This information is important in the proper use of your
machine. Failure to follow this instruction could result in injury to you or
damage to your mower.
Tip: This is a helpful hint to guide you in getting the most out of your mower.
Tools Needed: This indicates you will need a special tool to perform a maintenance
function on your machine.
Note: This information may be helpful to you.
If you are ever unsure about an action you are about to take, contact Country Home
Product’s toll-free support at 1-800-DR-OWNER (376-9637).
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Chapter 2: Safety Considerations
Taking the time to read and observe all safety instructions will ensure many years of
productive use from your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER and help you
avoid injury. Please take a few moments to read the following guidelines for safely
operating your new machine.
Preparing to Use the DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
Read these Safety & Operating Instructions and the engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual
before you use the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER. Become familiar
with the controls, engine and service recommendations to ensure the best performance
from your machine.
Inspect the area in which you will be working. Look for rocks, logs, sticks, rope, wire,
garden tools, etc., and remove these objects before mowing. Mowing over these objects
could damage the machine and cause injury.
Safety Information Labels
Take some time to become familiar with the following standard safety cautions applicable
to your mower. Replace damaged or missing safety labels immediately.
Read the Safety and
Operating Instructions.
Always wear safety glasses
or goggles while operating
the machine.
Do not operate the
machine near people
or animals.
Keep body parts away
from the mower blade.
Remove all objects
that could be thrown
by the mower blade.
Use caution operating the
machine on slopes.
(#14823)
Make sure you add oil before starting the
engine; the unit is shipped without oil.
Fill the oil reservoir slowly to make sure
you don’t overfill it. (#12781)
Keep combustible substances away from
the engine when it is hot. (#13684)
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To avoid injury, keep your hands
and feet away from the spinning
blade. (#13649)
This label shows the
proper routing of
the blade belt.
(#16437)
This label reminds
you about the
importance of
reading and
understanding the
Safety & Operating
Instructions
manual and of
paying attention to
the safety warnings.
(#16265)
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Protecting Yourself
Always wear protective goggles while mowing to protect your eyes from possible
thrown objects.
Wear shoes with non-slip treads when using your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH
MOWER. If you have safety shoes, we recommend wearing them. Do not use the
machine while barefoot or wearing open sandals.
Wear long pants while mowing.
Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry, which might be caught on the mower’s
moving parts.
Use hearing protection or earplugs to protect your hearing.
We recommend wearing gloves while mowing.
Operating the Machine Safely
WARNING! The items listed in this section will help you keep your
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER running smoothly and, most
importantly, prevent injury to yourself or others. Please review them
carefully before starting your machine.

Keep bystanders at least 100 feet away from your work area at all times. Objects can be
thrown far from the mower and at great speeds. To be safe, do not operate the
machine near small children or pets, and never allow children to operate the mower.
Disengage the blade and stop the engine when another person approaches.
Be sure all blade and wheel controls are DISENGAGED before attempting to start the
engine. Engage and disengage the blade a few times to get used to it before mowing.
NEVER remove the shields from the mower, or alter the deck in any way.
Keep your hands and feet away from the blade, belts, chains, blade pulleys, and
concealed areas while the engine is running. NEVER reach under the deck or grab
hold of any part of the deck when the engine is running.
ALWAYS shut off the engine and remove the spark plug wire before adjusting the
machine. If you have to stop to remove grass or debris from the underside of the deck,
ALWAYS disconnect the spark plug wire first.
The exhaust area on the engine becomes very hot with use. Allow the engine to cool
before doing maintenance or making adjustments.
Keep combustible substances away from the engine when it is hot.
When operating over uneven terrain and slopes, use EXTREME CAUTION to ensure
solid and firm footing.
Use the machine only in daylight or good artificial light.
Use extra caution when mowing in wet or slippery conditions.
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ALWAYS OPERATE THE MOWER FROM BEHIND. Never pass or stand beside
or in front of machine when the engine is running.
Do not, under any conditions, remove, bend, cut, fit, weld, or otherwise alter standard
parts on the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER. This includes all shields
and guards. Modifications to your machine could cause personal injuries and property
damage and will void your warranty.
While using the DR® SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER, don't hurry or take
things for granted. When in doubt about the equipment or your surroundings, stop the
machine and take the time to look things over. Make sure that you have 100% control
of the mower at all times.
Never allow children or people who are unfamiliar with these instructions to use the
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER.
Do not operate the machine when under the influence of alcohol or medication.
Watch for traffic when mowing near roadways.
Safety with Gasoline-Powered Machines
WARNING! The items listed in this section will help you keep your
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER running smoothly and, most
importantly, prevent injury to yourself or others. Please review them
carefully before starting your machine.

Do not run the engine in an enclosed area or without proper ventilation.
Store all fuel in containers specifically designed for this purpose.
Fill the gasoline tank outdoors with the engine off. Don't handle gasoline if you or
anyone nearby is smoking, or if you're near anything that could cause it to ignite or
explode.
If you spill gasoline, do not attempt to start the engine. Move the machine away from
the area of the spill and avoid creating any source of ignition until the gas vapors have
dissipated. Wipe up any spilled fuel to prevent a fire hazard and properly dispose of the
waste.
Allow the engine to cool completely before storing in any enclosure. Never store the
machine near an open flame or spark with gas in the tank.
Do not change the engine governor settings or modify the engine speed.
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DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Safety & Operating Instructions
A Note to All Users
Under California law, and the laws of some other states, you are not permitted to operate
an internal combustion engine using hydrocarbon fuels without an engine spark arrester.
All DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWERS shipped to California and Washington
State are provided with spark arresters. Failure of the owner / operator to maintain this
equipment in compliance with state regulations is a misdemeanor under California law and
may be in violation of other state and/or federal regulations. Contact your local fire
marshal or forest service for specific information in your area.
Additional Information and Potential Changes
Country Home Products, Inc. reserves the right to discontinue, change, and improve its
products at any time without notice or obligation to the purchaser. The descriptions and
specifications contained in this manual were in effect at printing. Equipment described
within this manual may be optional. Some illustrations may not be applicable to your
machine.
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Chapter 3: Setting Up Your DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
This chapter outlines a few simple steps you will need to follow to set up your new machine
before you use it. It may be helpful to familiarize yourself with the controls and features on
your mower by reviewing the picture in the next section before beginning the steps outlined
in this chapter.
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Controls
and Features
Operator
Presence
Control
Key
Switch
Throttle
Control
Blade
Clutch
Wheel
Clutch
Shift
Lever
Starter
Handle
Figure 1
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DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Safety & Operating Instructions
Unpacking the Mower
Tools & Supplies Needed:
Screwdriver
Knife
Gloves
Eye protection
Metal shears
WARNING! Always wear eye protection when cutting the banding. The
banding may have a lot of tension on it and may snap, striking you when cut.
Always stand to one side when cutting the band.
1. Stand to one side and cut the banding.
2. Remove the top of the carton. Separate the stapled vertical cardboard ends from
the pallet to access the pallet straps. Be careful of the staples.
3. Pry off the fasteners and cut any ties holding the machine to the pallet.
Caution: Wear gloves and be very careful when handling the deck. The
blade is very sharp, and may spin as you maneuver the deck.
4. Roll the mower off the pallet. Do not discard your pallet and packaging material
until you are fully satisfied with your machine.
5. Remove blade protector from blade. (See caution note above).
Check the Tire Pressure
There should be 10 psi in each tire.
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Adding Oil and Gasoline
WARNING! You must add oil before starting the engine. This
machine is shipped without oil. Traces of oil may be in the reservoir from
factory testing, but YOU MUST ADD OIL BEFORE STARTING THE
ENGINE. Fill the reservoir slowly checking the dipstick frequently to avoid
overfilling.
Important! To get an accurate reading when checking the oil level:
⇒ The machine should be on a level surface.
⇒ The dipstick should be screwed down on Briggs & Stratton engines.
Engine Oil Capacity
Briggs & Stratton Intek
20 oz. (0.60 L)
Tip: To avoid confusion, we recommend leaving the caps on the fuel and oil fills until you
are ready to pour either gasoline or oil into the correct fill.
Use only SAE 30 high detergent oil. Other types of oil could cause problems operating
your machine. Please refer to your engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual for detailed oil
information.
1. Place the machine on a level
surface and initially add 16 oz.
(½ quart) of SAE 30 high
detergent oil recommended by
the engine manufacturer and
wait one minute for the oil to
settle. (Figure 2)
Fuel Fill
2. Check the dipstick and continue
adding a few ounces of oil at a
time, rechecking the dipstick
until the oil reaches the fill
mark. Be careful not to overfill.
(Figure 2)
3. Fill the gas tank to within ¼
inch of the top with fresh,
unleaded gas. See your engine
manufacturer’s owner’s manual
for more information.
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Oil Fill
Figure 2
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Chapter 4: Operating Your DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
This chapter covers the procedures for starting and stopping your new DR
SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER and discusses basic operation features.
Before Starting the Engine
1. Check the oil level every time you use the machine. (See Figure 2 on page 9)
2. Check the gas level. (Figure 2)
Starting
1. Move the shift lever to N (Neutral) (Figure 3).
2. Move the throttle (Figure 4) to the RUN position.
Shift
Lever
3. Press the primer pump three times.
4. Turn the key (Figure 4) to START.
5. Grasp the recoil starter handle and slowly pull until
you feel resistance. Let the cord retract a little bit, then
pull the cord rapidly to start the engine. One or two
pulls usually starts the DR® SCOUT™ FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER (Figure 4).
Figure 3
Key
Switch
Throttle
Control
Starter
Handle
Shift
Lever
Operator
Presence
Control
Blade
Clutch
Wheel
Clutch
Primer Pump
Figure 4
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Engaging the Wheel Drive
The DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER has a three-speed forward
transmission and single-speed reverse. Forward speeds range from 1.1 mph in first gear
to 2.2 mph in third gear. Use the lower gears for mowing in thick, woody vegetation
and the higher gears for wide-open areas and lighter vegetation, or as "travel gears."
Reverse is ideal for maneuvering in tight spots.
Note: Always release the wheel clutch lever (Figure 4, on page 11) when shifting gears.
1. Move the shift lever (Figure 4) to any desired gear.
2. Gently squeeze the wheel clutch lever to engage a gear.
3. Release the clutch if you need to slow down or stop.
Engaging the Blade
1. Hold down the operator presence lever. (Figure 4)
2. Squeeze the blade clutch lever. (Figure 4)
Note: If you squeeze the blade clutch lever before holding down the operator
presence lever the engine will shut off.
WARNING! Always disengage the blade of the DR SCOUT FIELD
and BRUSH MOWER before shifting into reverse.
Stopping the Blade
Release the blade clutch lever. (Figure 4)
Note: Releasing the operator presence lever (Figure 4) while the blade is engaged
will cause the engine to shut off.
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Stopping the Engine
1. Stop the blade by releasing the blade clutch lever. (Figure 5)
2. Move the throttle control to the IDLE position.
3. Turn the key to the OFF position and remove it for safety.
3.
2.
1.
Figure 5
Obstacle Tips
Dealing with obstacles in the terrain is easy with your new DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER. The following section explains how to approach most common
obstacles.
WARNING! The mower engine's power can potentially throw stones,
sticks and other debris at great velocity, which could cause personal injury
or property damage. DO NOT run the machine over gravel driveways or
over loose stones or mulch with the mower blade spinning.
Always check your work area before mowing and remove any debris that might tangle
or damage the machine.
WARNING! If you do run into debris and the mower becomes tangled,
turn off the engine and disconnect the spark plug wire before attempting to
untangle the machine.
WARNING! DO NOT touch the exhaust areas when reaching for the
spark plug—they are very hot.
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Slopes
WARNING! When operating over uneven terrain and slopes, use
EXTREME CAUTION to ensure solid and firm footing.
1. We do not recommend using the DR
SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER
continuously on slopes greater than 20
degrees. Doing so could deprive the engine
of oil and cause it to overheat. (Figure 6)
2. Mow across slopes instead of up and down.
3. To avoid freewheeling, shift into a lower
gear before going down a slope. Do not
shift while on a slope.
20° MAX
If the machine gets hung up
Figure 6
1. Disengage the blade. Do not try to free the machine from stumps or debris while the
blade is engaged.
2. Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug.
3. Try pushing down on the handlebars to lift the mowing deck over the obstacle.
4. Pull the machine away from the obstacle and clear any debris from the machine.
5. Reconnect the spark plug and restart the machine.
WARNING! If you need to leave the operating position to clear debris
from the deck, turn the engine off and disconnect the spark plug wire.
WARNING! DO NOT touch the exhaust areas when reaching for the
spark plug—they are very hot.
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Cutting Brush & Saplings
1. When cutting woody material, small saplings,
etc., allow the machine to ride up and over
material slowly. Adjust your forward speed to
varying conditions. (Figure 7)
2. After cutting brush, etc., you may want to mow
over it again to remove any remaining
branches. It works best to mow from the
trunk end toward the top as brush lies on the
ground.
Figure 7
Reverse
1. Be very careful of your footing when operating the machine in reverse. Know what's
behind you and take your time.
2. Disengage the blade before shifting into reverse. Mow in the forward gears only, using
reverse for maneuvering.
3. Shift into REVERSE.
Tip: If you find it difficult to shift into reverse, lightly "feather" the wheel clutch lever as
you put the shift lever into reverse, then immediately release the clutch lever.
4. Gently squeeze the wheel clutch lever to start moving in reverse.
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Chapter 5: Maintaining the DR SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
Regular maintenance is the way to ensure the best performance and long life of your
machine. Please refer to this manual and the engine manufacturer's owner's manual for
maintenance procedures. Service intervals listed in the checklist below supercede those
listed in the engine manufacturer's owner's manual.
WARNING! Some of the following procedures require access to the
underside of the machine. If you need to tip the machine back or on its side,
you must first disconnect the spark plug wire, drain the oil and gas, and
remove the air filter and Precleaner.
Regular Maintenance Check List
Note: Service intervals shown are considered maximum under normal operating
conditions. Increase frequencies under extremely dirty or dusty conditions.
Procedure
Before Each
Use
Check Operator Presence Switch
▲
Check Engine Oil Level
▲
Check General Equipment Condition
▲
Check Blade for Sharpness
▲
Every 25
Hours
Check Tire Pressure
▲
Clean Air Filter & Precleaner
▲
Change Engine Oil
1st time 5 hours
Every 100
Hours
▲
Clean Engine Exterior & Cooling Fins
▲
Check All Belt Tensions & Condition
▲
Lubricate Chain & Clean around idlers
▲
Replace Spark Plug
▲
Replace Air Filter & Precleaner
▲
Check cable connections
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Lubrication
Your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER was lubricated at the Factory.
The spindle, differential and transmission are lubricated for life and sealed at the
factory. The operator needs to provide engine lubrication and lubricate the chain
periodically.
Tools & Supplies Needed:
9/16" wrench or socket (chain cover)
FLUID FILM® or comparable lubricant
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
1. The drive chain should be
lubricated with FLUID FILM®
lubricant or SAE 30 oil every 25
operating hours—more often if
the machine is operated in
extremely dusty or wet
conditions. Remove the chain
cover by first removing the shift
lever attaching nut (Figure 8) and
remove the shift lever.
2. Remove the two cover screws,
remove the cover, lubricate the
chain and replace the cover.
(Figures 9 and 10)
Shift Lever Nut
Figure 8
Chain Cover Screws
Lubricate Chain
Figure 9
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Figure 10
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Safety & Operating Instructions
Removing the Engine Oil
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tools & Supplies Recommended:
■
Manual
1. Remove the Oil Filler Cap and position a suitable oil receptacle beside the oil fill tube.
2. Using the handle of the mower, tip the machine to the left and drain the oil out
through the oil filler tube into the suitable receptacle.
3. Replace the oil by following the instructions on page 9.
■
Alternate Method
1. Remove the Oil Fill Cap and vacuum the oil from the engine through the oil fill tube
using a vacuum oil drainer.
2. Replace the oil by following the instructions on page 9.
Note: If the oil is not to be reused, be sure to use environmentally safe disposal
procedures in the disposing of the used oil.
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Removing and Replacing the Blade Belt
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Important! Use only DR belts on your machine. They have been
thoroughly tested and proven for many hours of use.
Tools & Supplies Needed:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
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9/16" wrench or socket (spring nut)
1/2" wrench or socket (guide bolt)
Gloves
Remove the belt guard by unscrewing the
knob, pull the guard forward and lift to
remove it. (Figure 11)
Remove the top nut from the clutch lever
pivot bolt. Remove the idler tension spring
Knob
from the shaft by gripping the spring with
your gloved hand, pulling the spring toward
the shaft and lifting it over the shaft.
Figure 11
(Figure 12)
Remove the clutch anti-rotation bracket by
removing the mounting bolt from side of
Tension Spring Unhooked
the machine. (Figure 12)
Remove the clutch return
Clutch
spring by unhooking from
Spring
the eyebolt. (Figure 12)
Nut
Eyebolt
Remove the clutch spring
Removed
from the clutch tab by
rotating the tab toward
the rear of the machine
Clutch
Blade Belt
(clockwise) to relieve
Return
Tab
tension and unhook the
Mounting Bolt
spring from the tab. Spring
(Figure 12)
Remove the belt from the
engine pulley below the
machine and then remove
it from around the clutch. Figure 12
(Figure 12)
To mount the belt, follow the above procedure in reverse order.
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Removing and Replacing the Drive Belt
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tools Needed:
7/16" wrench or socket
1/2" wrench or socket
Gloves
1. Drain the gas by running the engine
until the gas tank is empty or by the
use of a siphon.
2. Drain the engine oil. (See page 18)
Figure 13
Remove
Bolts
3. Loosen the two outside belt retainer
bolts on the right and left side of the
machine near the wheels and slide
them forward. (Figure 15)
Bracket
4. Release the clutch control cable from
the handle by pulling back and
down. (Figure 13)
5. Remove the blade belt following the
instructions as outlined on page 19.
6. With the machine on its side,
remove the two bolts and the clutch
cable bracket and the third belt guide
bolt to the right of the pulley. (Figure
14)
Figure 14
7. Remove the belt from the pulleys
and re-install the new belt by
reversing the above procedure.
8. Check the wheel clutch adjustment.
See page 22.
Belt Retainer
Bolt(s)
Important! Be certain to fill with oil before starting
the engine. See page 9.
Figure 15
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Removing and Replacing the Blade
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tools Needed:
15/16" wrench or socket
Air wrench if available
Wear gloves
1 x 4 x 6 to brace the blade
1. Block the blade with a piece of
wood between the blade and the
skid on the side of the deck.
(Figure 16)
2. Remove the blade bolt (righthand, regular thread) and washer.
Figure 16
WARNING! Use caution when pushing or pulling the wrench next to
the blade. Wear gloves, if the wrench slips off the nut, you may be seriously
injured.
3. Remove the blade.
4. Mount the new blade, washer and bolt.
Note: Be sure the blade is seated completely over the small ridge in the spindle hub
before tightening the lock nut.
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DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Safety & Operating Instructions
Adjusting the Wheel Clutch
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Note: When properly adjusted, tension on the wheel clutch lever should increase when the
lever is about parallel to (almost touching) the handlebar grip.
Tools Needed:
(2) 1/2" wrenches
1. Find the wheel clutch adjustment on the clutch bracket on the underside of the
machine. (Figure 17)
2. Loosen the nut on the front (threaded) side of the bracket by 1/8" to 1/4", and
then tighten the nut on the back against the bracket. Check the tension on the
clutch lever and repeat the adjustment as needed.
WARNING! If clutch is over tightened, machine may lurch forward
when shifting into gear. Use caution when shifting into gear.
Wheel Clutch
Adjustment
Figure 17
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Removing and Replacing the Drive Chain
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tools Needed:
1/2" wrench or socket
(chain cover)
9/16" wrench or socket
(shift lever)
Flat-head screwdriver
Pliers
1. Place the gearshift lever in
NEUTRAL and remove
the chain cover by
removing the shift lever
attaching nut, shift lever
and the two cover screws.
(Figure 18)
2. Locate (by rotating the
drive
sprocket)
and
remove the master chain
link. (Figure 19)
First
remove the lock clip (A)
with
a
flat-head
screwdriver and pliers.
You'll need to lift one side
and rotate the clip to get it
off the master link. Next,
remove the side plate (B).
Then remove the master
chain link.
3. Slowly feed the chain
out.
4. Mount the new chain as
shown in Figure 20.
5. Add the master chain
link.
6. Replace the chain cover
and tighten the lock nut
and the two cover
screws.
Chain Cover Screws
Shift
Lever
Shift Lever Nut
Figure 18
Figure 19
Drive Chain Routing
Figure 20
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Adjusting the Blade Engagement Cable
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Note: If the blade won't cut, or seems to slip in heavy material, check the blade
engagement cable. When properly adjusted, tension on the blade engagement
lever should decrease when the lever is about parallel to (almost touching) the
handlebar grip.
Important! Be sure the blade engagement lever does not stay in the
engaged position without the operator holding the blade clutch lever.
Tool Needed:
1/2" open-end wrench
Blade Engagement
Cable Adjustment
Under the machine, on the right
hand side, there is a bracket for
adjusting the blade engagement
cable. (Figure 21) To tighten the
cable, loosen the nut on the front
(threaded) side of the bracket by
1/8" to 1/4", and then tighten the
nut on the back against the bracket.
Check the tension on the blade
lever and repeat the adjustment as
needed.
Figure 21
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Replacing the Blade Clutch Springs
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tools Needed:
1/2" open-end wrench
9/16" open-end wrench
Gloves
Remove the belt guard by
unscrewing the knob, pull
the guard forward and lift to
remove it. (See Figure 11 on
page 19)
Return Spring
1. Remove one end of the
return spring from the
eyebolt on the machine
frame. (Figure 22)
2. Push the clutch tab
toward
the
rear
(clockwise) and unhook
the clutch spring.
3. Unhook the return
spring from the clutch
spring beneath the
clutch tab. (Figure 23)
4. Install the new return
spring by reversing the
above procedure.
Eyebolt
Clutch Tab
Return
Spring
Clutch
Spring
Figure 22
Figure 23
Top Nut Removed
Clutch
Spring
Tension
Spring
Unhooked
Clutch Spring
Pivot Bolt
1. Remove the return
spring as above.
Clutch
Retaining
2. Remove the top nut
Cam
Nut
from the clutch cam
pivot bolt. (Figure 24)
3. With a gloved hand,
remove the idler tension
spring from the pivot Figure 24
bolt by pulling the spring toward the bolt and lifting it off (Figure 24).
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4. Remove the clutch cam retaining nut from the clutch cam pivot bolt and lift the cam
off the pivot bolt. (Figure 24)
5. Remove the clutch spring retaining nut from beneath the clutch cam and remove the
clutch spring from the cam.
6. Install the new spring by reversing the above procedure.
7. Replace the belt guard. (See Figure 11 on page 19)
Removing the Wheels
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Tool Needed:
(2) 7/16" wrenches or sockets
1. Block the machine so the wheel to be removed is off the ground.
2. While holding the shear bolt head, remove the shear bolt nut, remove the shear bolt
and slide the wheel off. (Figure 25)
3. Do not over tighten the shear bolt nut when reinstalling the wheels.
Shear Bolt
Remove Nut
Figure 25
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End of Season & Storage
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
Note: Please refer to the engine manufacturer's owner's manual for engine-specific
procedures.
Change the oil.
If your DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER will be idle for more than 30
days, we recommend using a gas stabilizer. This will prevent sediment from
gumming up the carburetor. If there is dirt or moisture in the gas or tank, remove
it by draining the tank. Completely fill the tank with fresh, unleaded gas and add
the appropriate amount of stabilizer or gasoline additive. Run the engine for a
short time to allow the additive to circulate.
Remove the spark plug and pour about 1 ounce of motor oil into the cylinder hole.
Replace the plug and pull the recoil starter rope until you feel strong resistance.
This will coat the piston and seat the valves to prevent moisture buildup.
Clean/replace the air filters.
Clean dirt and debris from the cylinder head cooling fins, blower housing, debris
screen and muffler area of the engine.
Remove any wrapped weeds from the blade bearing housing. Clean grass and
debris from the top and underneath the mower deck with a stiff brush.
Check the blade for nicks and wear. Remove the blade and sharpen, or have it
professionally sharpened if needed.
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Chapter 6: Troubleshooting and Warranty
Most problems are easy to fix. Consult the troubleshooting table for common problems
and their solutions. If you continue to experience problems, call Country Home Products,
Inc. for support.
Troubleshooting Table
WARNING! Before performing any maintenance procedure, stop the
engine and disconnect the spark plug wire.
SYMPTOM
Recoil will not
pull out or is
difficult to pull.
POSSIBLE CAUSE
⇒ Check that the blade hand control lever is properly
adjusted and in the released position.
⇒ Check the engine oil level, the engine may be seized.
⇒ There may be an oil compression lock in the cylinder.
Take out the spark plug, hold a rag over the spark
plug hole and pull the recoil cord several times to blow
out any oil in the cylinder. Wipe off the spark plug and
reinsert it.
⇒ The recoil may be broken or jammed. Try to turn the
engine pulley by hand, with the spark plug wire off. If
it turns, the recoil is broken or jammed. Call 1(800)
DR-OWNER (376-9637) for assistance.
The engine
won’t start.
(Please refer to
the engine
manufacture’s
owner’s manual
for enginespecific
procedures.)
⇒ Is the key in the START position?
⇒ Are you using fresh, clean gas? If the gas is old,
change it. Use a fuel stabilizer if you keep gas longer
than one month.
⇒ Check the throttle adjustment and cable travel.
⇒ Is the blade engagement hand control lever down? It
should be.
⇒ Is the spark plug clean? If the spark plug is dirty or
cracked, change it. If it’s oily, leave it out, hold a rag
over the plug hole and pull the recoil cord several
times to blow out any oil in the cylinder, then wipe off
the plug and reinsert it.
⇒ If your engine still won’t start, call 1(800) DR-OWNER
(376-9637) for assistance.
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Symptom
Possible Cause
The engine
lacks power or
is not running
smoothly.
⇒ Check the throttle travel and adjustment.
(Please refer to
the engine
manufacturer’s
owner’s manual
for enginespecific
procedures.)
Engine smokes.
Machine is hard
to get into
reverse.
The belt frays or
rolls over the
pulley.
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⇒ Is the air filter clean? If it’s dirty, change it following the
procedure in the engine manufacturer’s owner’s
manual.
⇒ Is the spark plug clean? If it’s fouled or cracked,
change it. If it’s oily, leave it out, hold a rag over the
plug hole and pull your recoil cord several times to
blow out any oil in the cylinder, then wipe off the plug
and reinsert it.
⇒ Are you using fresh, clean unleaded gas? If it’s old,
change it. Use a fuel stabilizer if you keep gas longer
than one month.
⇒ Does your engine have the right amount of clean oil?
If it’s dirty, change it following the procedure in the
engine manufacturer’s owner’s manual.
⇒ Check the oil level and adjust as needed.
⇒ If your engine still lacks power, call 1(800) DROWNER (376-9637) for assistance.
⇒ Check the oil level and adjust as needed.
⇒ You may be operating the machine on too great an
incline. (See SLOPES section on Page 13)
⇒ Check the air filter and clean or replace if needed.
⇒ You may be using the wrong oil—too light for the
temperature. Refer to your Engine Manufacturer's
Owner’s Manual for detailed information.
⇒ Clean the cooling fins if they’re dirty.
⇒ If the engine still smokes, call 1(800) DR-OWNER
(376-9637) for assistance.
⇒ If you find it difficult to shift into reverse, lightly pull the
clutch lever as you pull the shift lever into reverse then
immediately release the clutch lever. (See Page 14)
⇒ If the difficulty persists, call 1(800) DR-OWNER (3769637) for assistance.
⇒ A pulley groove may be nicked. Check the belt for
wear and hard spots. File off any nicks on the pulley.
⇒ The belt may be stretched. Replace it.
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Symptom
Possible Cause
Blade vibrates
when engaged.
⇒ The blade may not be seated properly on the hub.
Loosen the blade nut, reset the blade and tighten the
nut.
⇒ The spindle bearings may be bad.
⇒ Call 1(800) DR-OWNER (376-9637) for assistance.
⇒ The blade may not be seated properly on the hub.
Loosen the blade nut, reset the blade and tighten the
nut.
⇒ Sharpen the blade if it is dull or nicked.
The blade is not
cutting or is
loose.
Wheels pulling
left or right.
⇒ Check the tire pressure. There should be 14 psi in
each tire.
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Notes
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DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER Safety & Operating Instructions
DR® POWER EQUIPMENT
DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER
1-Year Limited Warranty
Terms and Conditions
The DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER is warranted for one (1) year against defects in materials or workmanship
when put to ordinary and normal consumer use; ninety (90) days for any other use. The engine is warranted separately by the
engine manufacturer.
For the purposes of all the above warranties, “ordinary and normal consumer use” refers to non-commercial residential use and
does not include misuse, accidents or damage due to inadequate maintenance.
Country Home Products, Inc. certifies that the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER is fit for ordinary purposes for
which a product of this type is used. Country Home Products, Inc. however, limits the implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness in duration to a period of one (1) year in consumer use, ninety (90) days for any other use.
The 1-Year Limited Warranty on the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER starts on the date the machine ships from
our factory. The 1-Year Limited Warranty is applicable only to the original owner.
The warranty holder is responsible for the performance of the required maintenance as defined by the manufacturer's owner's manuals.
The warranty holder is responsible for replacement of normally wearing parts such as the belts, bearings and cables. Attachments and
accessories to the machine are not covered by this warranty.
During the warranty period, the warranty holder is responsible for the machine transportation charges, if required. During the warranty
period, warranty parts will be shipped by standard method at no charge to the warranty holder. Expedited shipping of warranty parts is
the responsibility of the warranty holder.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON THE LENGTH OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE
LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Country Home Products, Inc. shall not be liable under any circumstances for any incidental or consequential damages or
expenses of any kind, including, but not limited to, cost of equipment rentals, loss of profit, or cost of hiring services to
perform tasks normally performed by the DR SCOUT FIELD and BRUSH MOWER.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Customer Service Hotline
Country Home Products, Inc.’s objective is to have 100% satisfied customers. For that reason, we operate a 6-day-a-week
Technical Service Department for our Owners. You can access a Representative by dialing our TOLL-FREE Hotline at 1-800DR-OWNER (376-9637). The sole job of our well-trained and friendly folks is to ensure that you get any help you need in a
timely fashion. They are there to answer all your questions including: (1) inquiries on any of the above warranties, (2) inquiries
about replacement parts, or (3) your questions regarding service, maintenance and operation.
Our Customer Service Representatives will also be happy to answer any of your questions regarding the separate warranties on
all engines. However, to obtain service, repair or replacement of any engine within the time period covered by the
manufacturer’s limited warranty, follow the instructions and warranty information specifically pertaining to those items
provided by their separate manufacturers.
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY
FROM STATEHOME
TO STATE.
COUNTRY
PRODUCTS, Inc.
MEIGS ROAD, P.O. BOX 25, VERGENNES, VERMONT 05491
1-800-DR-OWNER (376-9637) • www.dr-owner.com
©2003 CHP, Inc. 178901
Daily Checklist for the DR® SCOUT FIELD and
BRUSH MOWER
To help maintain your DR® for optimum performance, we recommend you follow this
checklist each time you use your machine.
[ ] OIL: With the machine on a level surface, remove the oil fill cap and check the oil
level. Fill the reservoir according to the dipstick with SAE30 HD motor oil.
[ ] GAS: Fill the gas tank with fresh, unleaded gasoline.
[ ] ENGINE: It is very important to keep the engine clean. Remove grass and other
debris from the engine cooling fins and debris guard. A dirty engine retains heat
and can cause damage to internal engine components.
[ ] BELTS: Check the belts for wear, proper alignment and tension.
[ ] BLADE: Check the blade for tightness, nicks and wear. Remove any wrapped
weeds and grass from the blade bearing housing to prevent buildup.
COUNTRY HOME PRODUCTS, Inc.
MEIGS ROAD, P.O. BOX 25, VERGENNES, VERMONT 05491
1-800-DR-OWNER (376-9637) • www.dr-owner.com
©2004 CHP, Inc. 178901
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