Rover 5377 - 12HP User Manual

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Ranger Auto - Drive

Owners Manual

Model No. 5377 – 12HP.

WARNING

A mower is a high speed cutting tool. Safety precautions must be observed to reduce the risk of accident.

Careless or improper use may cause serious injury.

Be sure that you read and fully understand the contents of this Owner’s Manual. Should any point be unclear, contact Rover-Scott Bonnar Limited, in your State or an authorised Rover-Scott Bonnar Service Agent for assistance.

Keep the Owner’s Manual in a safe place for future reference. Read the Owner’s Manual periodically to ensure the continued safe and proper use of the mower.

SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

A mower user must be in good physical condition and mental health and not under the influence of any drug or alcohol which might impair vision co-ordination or judgement.

Do not use a mower when tired or fatigued. Lack of alertness may cause serious injury.

Know your controls.

Read and understand Owner’s Manual before operating mower. Learn how to stop the mower in an emergency. Refer Operator’s Instructions.

Do not lend or sell the mower without the Owner’s Manual.

Be sure that anyone using the mower reads and fully understands the information contained in this Manual and knows how to safely operate the mower.

Do not allow children or people unfamiliar with these instructions to use the mower.

Never mow whilst bystanders or pets are present in the mowing area.

Never carry passengers.

Never mow while barefoot or wearing open sandals or thongs. Wear long trousers and heavy non-slip shoes.

It is advisable to wear suitable eye protection when operating a mower.

Before using, always visually inspect to see that the blades, blade bolts, and cutter assembly are not worn or

damaged. Replace worn or damaged blades and bolts in sets to preserve balance.

Damaged blades and worn bolts are major hazards.

Replace worn or faulty silencers.

Always mount and dismount mower from left-hand side (opposite side to discharge chute).

Make sure the area to be mowed is cleared of sticks, stones, bones, wire and debris. They could be thrown by the blades.

Store fuel in a cool place in a container specifically designed for that purpose. In general, plastic containers are unsuitable. Handle fuel carefully. It is highly flammable.

Refuel outdoors only. Do not smoke when refueling engine. Add fuel before starting engine. Never remove the cap from the fuel tank or add petrol while the engine is

running. Allow engine to cool for several minutes before refueling if engine is hot. If petrol is spilled, do not attempt to start the engine, but move the mower away from the area of the spill and avoid creating any source of ignition until the petrol vapors have dissipated.

Remove the fuel cap slowly to relieve fuel tank pressure.

Check for fuel leaks while refueling or using the mower. If a fuel leak is found, do not start or run the engine until the leak is fixed and spilled fuel is wiped away.

Take care not to get fuel on your clothing. If this occurs, change your clothing immediately.

Do not operate mower in confined space where exhaust fumes (carbon monoxide) can collect.

Mow only in good daylight.

Start the engine carefully with feet well away from the blades.

When starting do not wrap the started rope around your hand. Do not allow the started cord to snap back. Return the starter grip slowly to allow the cord to rewind properly.

Strictly follow the operator instructions before attempting to start the machine.

Never mow where machine could tip or slip.

If machine stalls going uphill, stop blades and back slowly down.

Mow up and down slopes. Never mow across a slope. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction on slopes. Do not mow excessively steep slopes.

Do not accelerate or stop the mower suddenly when on a slope.

Be extremely careful when using a mower on slopes. Stay alert for holes in the terrain and other hidden hazards.

Disengage cutter drive before mowing across gravel drives, walks or roads.

Do not mow in reverse. When reversing keep a careful and continuous observation of the entire area behind the mower.

Never use the mower unless all guards provided by RoverScott Bonnar Limited are in position.

Never disconnect the safety switches and never operate the mower if any safety switch is inoperative.

Never over-speed the engine or alter the governor settings. Excessive speed is dangerous and shortens mower life.

Take all precautions when leaving the mower unattended. Disengage the cutter drive, set the park brake, shift into neutral, stop the engine, and remove the key.

Stop the engine and remove the key whenever you leave the mower, even for a moment.

Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug lead and inspect mower if:

a)The mower begins to vibrate abnormally: or

b)After striking a foreign object.

Repair the damage before continuing further operation of the mower.

Stop the engine and disconnect the spark plug lead before clearing blockages, checking or working on the mower.

Never pick up or carry a mower while it is operating.

Where fitted, turn fuel tap off at the conclusion of mowing.

When transporting in a vehicle, secure the mower to prevent movement, roll-over, fuel spillage, and mower damage.

Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure the equipment is in safe working condition.

Never modify the mower in any way. Use only replacement parts made and guaranteed by Rover-Scott Bonnar Limited.

Keep all safety devices (guards and switches) in place and working.

Keep the engine free of grass, leaves or excessive grease – these can be a fire hazard.

Store the mower in a well ventilated room away from naked flames such as may be found in hot water heaters.

SAFETY FEATURES

¾ Traction drive, blade drive and seat

¾ Low centre of gravity, stable wide track

safety interlock

 

¾ Enclosed drives

¾ Parking brake

¾ Full footrests

¾ Convenient – easy to operate controls

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SPECIFICATIONS

ROVER RANGER

Machine Model No.

5377

Engine Model No.

281707

Single Cylinder

Briggs & Stratton

4 Stroke

12Hp 465cc

Fuel Capacity

4.0 Litres

Oil Capacity

1.42 Litres

Lubrication

Gear Impellor

Spark Plug type

Champion CJ8

Spark Plug gap

0.7 to 0.8mm

Ignition type

Magnetron

Engine Oil

10w-30 or SAE 30

To emphasise special information the words WARNING and CAUTION are used.

WARNING: The safety of the user and others involved.

Personal injury may result should this information be disregarded.

CAUTION: Follow these instructions carefully to avoid mower damage and loss of warranty.

TRANSMISSION

Auto-Drive system consists of a continuous belt being driven by an idler pulley over two drive pulleys and around a return pulley. Friction plates are brought into contact with the drive pulleys to impart either forward or reverse motion to rear drive wheels by means of a drive selector pedal on the right side of the machine.

Ground speed at 3600 rpm is variable due to Auto – Drive system depending on pressure applied to drive selector pedal.

Max. speed = 8.6 km/hr

STEERING WHEEL

325MM Dia. Steering Wheel. 1 ¼ turns lock to lock.

CLUTCH/BRAKE PEDAL

Foot operated pedal. Left side of machine.

PARKING BRAKE KNOB

Hand operated catch. Left hand side. Used in conjunction with clutch/brake pedal.

CUTTING HEAD

Model 160 Full floating pressed steel housing with right side discharge. Width of cut 760 mm (30”).

TYRES

Front Tyres:

4.1 x 6 Tube

 

Pressure 140 KPA maximum

Rear Tyres:

16 x 6.5 x 8 Tubeless

 

Pressure 96 KPA maximum

DRIVE SELECTOR

Foot operated pedal located on right side of machine. Spring loaded so as to return to neutral position.

CUTTING HEIGHT

Lever right hand side. 8 height of cut positions from 15mm to 65mm.

CUTTER DRIVE

Lever located left side of seat cowl.

CONTROLS

GENERAL

 

 

 

Throttle control with Fast, Slow and Choke positions;

Wheel Base: 135cm

Length:

164cm

 

 

Track 63cm. R 69cm F

Width:

80cm

 

Key switch with Off, On and Start positions;

Turning Circle: 5.8m

Height:

95cm

 

 

Turning Radius: 2.0m

Weight:

195kg

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LOOSE PARTS KIT

DESCRIPTION

QTY

USE

Steering wheel

1

On steering shaft

Roll Pin

1

Secure steering wheel to shaft

Stone Guard Assy.

1

Fitted to cutter head

Spring Stone Guard

1

On stone guard pivot rod

‘E’ Clip

1

In groove in pivot rod

Ignition Keys

1

To start machine

Plug Spanner

1

 

SETTING UP INSTRUCTIONS

Fig. 4

Fig. 2

INSTALL STEERING WHEEL

1.Slip steering wheel over steering shaft and align the wheel hole with the shaft hole;

2.Insert drift punch – partially through the holes to maintain alignment and insert roll pin in the opposite side; See Fig.2.

3.Drive roll pin in until flush with the outside of wheel.

Fig. 3

FIT STONE GUARD

1.Slip spring into stone guard pivot rod so that the short leg rests on top of the stone guard;

2.Now twist the spring as shown and feed the end of the pivot rod into the forward pivot bracket: See Fig.3.

3.Insert the short end of the pivot rod fully into the rearward pivot bracket;

4.Release the spring. It should spring down onto the top of the cutter head and be tensioning the stone guard down;

5.Secure by clipping an ‘E’ Clip into the groove on the pivot rod. See Fig. 4.

INSTALLING THE BATTERY

BATTERY

1.Remove Battery as follows;

(a). remove terminal cable from battery;

(b). undo wingnuts and remove clamp bar.

2.The battery is not filled with Electrolyte. This should be done by adding 33% strength battery acid to each cell until plates are covered. Electrolyte must be purchased from a local battery supply outlet.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVERFILL BATTERY. ACID WILL OVERFLOW INTO OTHER PARTS OF THE MACHINE AND SEVERE CORROSION AND DETERIORATION WILL RESULT.

3.Leave filler caps off and connect battery charger to battery terminal. Charge at the rate indicated in the instructions supplied with the battery.

4.After charging, check that Electrolyte is still covering plates, if not, add to correct level. Install filler caps.

5.Replace battery and secure.

6.Install the positive (red) cable to the positive (+) terminal and the negative (black) cable to the negative (-) terminal.

Secure for good electrical contact.

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BEFORE OPERATING

FILL CRANKCASE WITH OIL

The rider mower may be delivered without oil in the crankcase. Oil must be added before attempting to start the engine.

1.Place machine on level surface. Ensure that the oil plug is securely tightened. Clean around dipstick.

2.Unscrew and remove dipstick from oil filler tube.

3.Insert funnel into filler tube and slowly add oil in accordance with the engine manufacturer’s direction.

FILL FUEL TANK See Safety Instructions.

Use only regular grade or unleaded petrol.

Do not mix oil with petrol – engine damage may result.

1.Clean around fuel tank cap so foreign matter cannot enter tank when cap is removed.

2.Using a funnel, fill tank with regular grade or unleaded petrol. Replace cap.

3.Wipe up any petrol that may have spilled.

CHECK TYRE PRESSURE

NOTE: Avoid premature engine failure by ensuring

Check and maintain tyre pressure at 140KPA (20 PSI) front

and 96KPA (14 PSI) rear maximum.

the funnel is clean so contaminants are not

 

 

 

introduced into the crankcase. Wipe any oil

ADJUSTING THE SEAT

spills so it will not cause dirt to collect on the

 

 

 

engine.

Tip the

seat

forward,

4. Ensure oil level is at the full mark on the dipstick,

loosen the

seat

securing

screws. Relocate the seat

when screwed completely in. When finished

for operator comfort.

replace dipstick and retighten.

Tighten the seat

securing

NOTE: See Maintenance Instructions.

screws and lowers the seat

See Fig.5

 

 

Fig. 5

CONTROLS

Fig. 6

1.Throttle Control – Mounted on the control panel and connected to the engine carburetor controls. Has the symbols for Slow, Fast and Choke.

2.Ignition Switch This switch is part of the battery ignition system and has three positions marked for Off, On and Start. The switch is key operated and automatically returns to the On position from Start position when released.

4.Parking Brake – Hand operated knob left hand side. Depressing the brake clutch foot pedal enables this knob to be engaged and disengaged. Brake is locked on with knob in up position.

5.Drive Selection – Foot operated right hand side. Depress with toe pressure gives forward motion; depress with heel gives reverse motion. Automatically returns to neutral position.

3.Brake/Clutch Foot operated pedal on left side of machine. 6. Cutting Height Adjuster – Located on right of seat with low cut

Depressing the pedal disengages the drive belt and engages Brake Disc.

at bottom and high cut at the top setting.

7.Cutter Drive – Lever located on left hand side of seat mounting box. Down position disengages blade drive and applies blade brake, Up position engages blades.

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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

AUTO – DRIVE OPERATION

Forward and backward movement of the mower is controlled by the drive selector pedal. As with a motor vehicle, speed is controlled by the amount of pressure on the drive selector pedal. Ensure that the mower user is familiar with this means of operation before operating the mower, particularly in tight or confined areas.

TO START ENGINE

NOTE: The engine will not start unless the cutter drive is disengaged, and clutch/brake pedal is depressed.

1.Depress clutch/brake pedal – Apply the parking brake

2.Move the drive selector to neutral

3.Disengage the cutter drive

4.Move the throttle lever to the choke position

5.Turn the ignition key to the start position and release when the engine starts

6.Move the throttle lever to about ¼ position

TO MOW OR DRIVE

1.Depress clutch/brake pedal

2.Disengage the parking brake

3.Select height of cut

4.Move throttle to about ¾ position

5.Engage cutter drive

6.Select desired drive

7.Slowly release clutch/brake pedal to move off

TO STOP ENGINE

1.Depress clutch/brake pedal

2.Shift the drive selector to neutral

3.Disengage the cutter drive

4.Apply the parking brake

5.Move throttle lever to the slow position

6.Turn the ignition key to OFF. Remove the keys

TO STOP IN AN EMERGENCY

1.Depress brake/clutch pedal and drive selector pedal together. (This disengages power from the engine and engages the disc brake)

2.Apply park brake and lock

3.Move throttle to slow position and switch off ignition key

4.Dismount from mower if it is safe to do so

ENGAGING CLUTCHES

When engaging the cutter drive lever or releasing the clutch/brake pedal, always operate slowly. Do not use a jerking motion. Moving these controls too fast could possibly overload and stall the engine.

WARNING: To avoid loss of control always come to a complete stop before changing drive direction and slow down before turning.

REMEMBER

1.Always look behind the machine before reversing

2.Do not refuel when the engine is running or while the engine is hot

3.Keep bystanders away – Keep hands and feet clear of moving parts

4.Keep machine clean of grass and debris

5.Keep all safety devices (guards and switches) in place and working

Periodically check the machine and the cutting mechanism. If parts are worn or need replacing do so by using only Genuine Rover Replacement Parts.

There is a comprehensive Ranger Spare Parts List contained in this book to help you select the right part quickly.

Before working on the mower, disconnect the spark plug lead from the spark plug and place it where it cannot contact the spark plug.

Check your Rover Ranger frequently for loose nuts, bolts, belts etc, and keep these items correctly tightened and adjusted.

Note: A check after the first two hours of operation is recommended. Engine failure or rapid engine wear mainly result from the following causes –

IMPORTANT

1.The parking brake should always be applied before leaving the machine

2.The parking brake must be released before attempting to drive

3.Depress the clutch/brake pedal-when starting or coming

to rest

4.Do not use sudden directional reversal which can cause wheel spinning

1.Dirt or abrasives entering the engine via the air cleaner due to –

a.The air cleaner element not being serviced regularly, or

b.The air cleaner damaged or dislodged

2.Dirt or abrasives entering the engine via the oil filler tube due to –

a.Using a funnel not cleaned of dirt and grit,

b.Topping up with contaminated oil. Oil stored in an unclean container

3.Lack of oil. It is important to –

a.Check the oil level regularly (every 5 hours of operation)

b.Maintain a full sump

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MAINTENANCE INTERVAL CHART

 

See

5

25

 

PERIODIC SERVICE EVERY 25 HRS

 

Page

Hours

Hours

50

75 100 125 150 175 200

Change Oil (Initial)

6

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change Oil (Periodic)

6

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Interlock

11

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Cutting Blades

-

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Cutting Unit Brake

9

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Rear Wheels Brake

9

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lubricate Pivot Points

7

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lubricate Drive Chain

7

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lubricate Throttle Cable

7

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grease Front Axle Spindles

7

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service Air Cleaner

6

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Spark Plug

6

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Drive Belts

10

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Drive Chain

10

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Tyre Pressure

4

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Outside of Engine

-

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Cutter Housing

-

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint Chipped Surfaces

-

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AIR CLEANER: Dual Element Type

1.Remove two cover knobs and remove air cleaner cover.

2.Remove foam pre-cleaner, if so equipped

a.Wash pre-cleaner in liquid detergent and warm water to remove dirt

b.Wrap pre-cleaner in cloth and squeeze dry

c.Saturate foam in engine oil. Squeeze to remove excess oil.

3.Remove two nuts from top of cartridge.

4.Remove cartridge and clean air cleaner body carefully to prevent dirt from entering carburetor. Brush dirt from lower air cleaner body into duct.

5.Clean cartridge by gently tapping on flat surface

a.If very dirty, replace cartridge or wash in a low or nonsudsing detergent and warm water solution

b.Rinse thoroughly from INSIDE OUT until water is clear

c.Cartridge must be allowed to stand and air dry thoroughly before using.

6.Reassemble air cleaner.

NOTE: Nuts holding air cleaner cartridge must be installed with fiber washers down on cartridge plate to prevent dirt from entering carburetor. Tighten nuts by hand. Over tightening could collapse cartridge.

NOTE: Petroleum solvents, such as kerosene, are not to be used to clean cartridge. They may cause deterioration of the cartridge. DO NOT OIL CARTIRIDGE. DO NOT USE PRESSURISED AIR TO CLEAN OR DRY CARTRIDGE.

OIL CHANGE

See engine manufacturer’s instructions.

1. Place machine on a level surface. Start and run engine for a period to warm the oil.

2.Fit drain tube to drain fitting; see Fig.8.

3.Place an oil pan under the end of drain tube;

4.Open the drain fitting about 1 turn and allow the oil to drain completely;

5.Retighten drain fitting and refill sump with new oil. For correct viscosity and service classification, see the engine manufacturer’s instructions.

SPARK PLUG

The spark plug gap gradually increases during engine running and should be checked periodically and whenever the engine malfunctions.

1.Clean around spark plug area so that dirt will not enter engine when plug is removed

2.Disconnect spark plug lead and remove spark plug

3.Check condition of electrodes and ensure there is no damage to insulator

4.Carefully clean the spark plug. Do not grit blast

5.Set the gap to .8mm (.30”)

6.Install plug in engine and tighten to 20Nm. If a torque wrench is not available hand tighten plug. Then with tube spanner tighten plug about 1/12 of 1 turn

7.Refit high tension lead. Push onto plug firmly.

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MAINTENANCE

COOLING SYSTEM

The Ranger has an air cooled 4 stroke engine. It must be cleaned frequently. Remove any build-up of grass, dirt or other debris from the -

1.Cylinder;

2.Cylinder head cooling fins;

3.Cooling air intake screen and;

4.Carburetor governor levers and linkages.

This will ensure adequate cooling and correct engine speed.

THROTTLE CONTROL

Proper choke and stop switch operation is dependant on adjustment of remote controls –

1.Loosen outer cable clamp screw (D) on engine; See Fig.9.

2.Set throttle control to choke position;

3.Adjust outer cable under clamp plate so that choke is operated;

4.Tighten clamp plate screw and check –

a.Choke does not operate in fast position, and

b.Stop switch operates correctly.

5.Move throttle to the slow position and adjust the slow running stop screw (B) to give an engine speed of 1700 to 1800 RPM.

6.Adjust the idle needle valve (C) slowly in (lean) and out (rich) until engine idles smoothly.

7.Reset engine idle speed.

8.Check operation. Engine should increase speed without hesitation when throttle control is moved quickly from slow to fast. If the engine tends to die out, adjust the high speed needle valve 1/8 turn anticlockwise until engine accelerates smoothly.

Never tamper with the engine governor setting. Changing the engine governor speed will void engine warranty.

CARBURETOR ADJUSTMENT

The carburetor has been factory set and should only require occasional fine tuning. See Figs.9 & 10.

1.Close high speed needle valve (A) in bottom of carburetor bowl. Close finger tight in clockwise direction;

2.

Open (anti-clockwise) the needle valve 2 turns (that is LUBRICATION GENERAL

 

an approx. setting);

3.Start engine and let it warm up. Approx. 2 minutes. Using General Purpose Grease – (Every 25 hours)

Cutter drive must be disengaged. Speed Select-or must be in Neutral position and Park Brake applied, air cleaner must be fitted and secured and fuel tank must be half full.

4.With the engine running at high speed, adjust the needle valve 1/8 turn at a time. Clockwise or anticlockwise until engine runs smoothly.

NOTE: Allow several seconds between each adjustment for engine to adapt to the new setting

-Grease nipples on front wheel pivots. See Fig.11

-Front Axle beam guides

-Grease nipples on steering pivot blocks Fig.21

-Steering gears Fig.21

-Grease nipple on engagement lever pivot Fig.23

Using Clean Engine Oil –

-Jockey pivot arms

-Throttle control cable Fig.9

-Chain Fig.23

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