Rover Domestic Rotary Mower User Manual

Owners Manual



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 the 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 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.

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 refuelling engine. Add fuel before starting engine. Never remove the cap from the fuel tank or add petrol while engine is running. Allow engine to cool for several minutes before refuelling 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 vapours have dissipated.

Remove the fuel cap slowly to relieve fuel tank pressure.

Check for fuel leaks while refuelling 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.

Disengage all blade and drive clutches before starting.

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

Strictly follow the Operating Instructions before attempting to start the engine.

Never leave winding-up starters in a wound position.

Never mow where machine could tip or slip.

On slopes or wet grass be extra careful of your footing.

Never cut grass by pulling mower towards you.

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

Stop the engine before pushing the mower across gravel drives, walks or roads.

Never use the mower unless all guards or grassbox provided by manufacturer are in position.

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

Stop the engine 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 any 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 when it is operating.

Where fitted, turn fuel cap 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 a safe working condition.

Never modify the mower in any way. Use only replacement parts made and guaranteed by the original manufacturer of your mower.

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.

Walk, Never Run.

To emphasise special information the words

WARNING and CAUTION are used.


The safety of the user and others is involved. Personal injury may result should this information be disregarded.


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


Rover Domestic Rotary Mower User Manual

Congratulations on your purchase of a quality Australian made and owned ROVER product.


To maintain maximum efficiency and to avoid loss of mower warranty, use and fit only genuine ROVER spare parts.

These machines are covered by one or more of the following Reg. designs and or Patents; Reg. Designs: Aust. 131504, 121674, 132232 NZ. 25656, 28617 Patents: Aust. 713852, 729036, 745750

NZ. 330293, US. 6085508, UK. GR2325139


1.Ensure that all BARBS in the TOP are located in SLOTS provided in the BOTTOM.

2.Press TOP and BOTTOM together firmly.

3.Check all BARBS are in the LOCKED POSITION

4.Fit 2 SCREWS where holes are provided. (X).




To Fit: Raise FLAP, grasp HANDLE, and position catcher against rear of mower.

To Remove: Grasp HANDLE, lift FLAP, remove catcher.

WARNING: Stop engine to fit or remove catcher.


Your mower handle is held in position with either a LOCKING LEVER (Fig.3) or KNOBS (Fig. 4).

On Self-Propelled mowers the handles must be assembled when the mower is removed from the carton. Insert the threaded shank of the Locking Lever through the handle bars and secure with the nyloc nuts supplied.

If the handle will not lock in the mowing position when the LOCKING LEVER is pushed down, adjust NUT. Use 1/2” AF or 13mm AF spanner or socket. (Fig. 3).

CAUTION: Do not allow handle to fall to ground. Throttle cable damage may result.

Fold or unfold handle carefully and ensure throttle cable is not pinched or kinked.

Beware snags that may catch and damage throttle cable.


To adjust handle height, loosen NUTS and remove handle. ReTighten NUTS when handle is in desired position. Use a 1/2” AF or 13mm AF spanner or socket.


Apply outward pressure to disengage LEVER from RACK. Move lever forward or back to adjust cutting height.


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