Like the Outback, the Scout's cutting deck is also mounted on skids. It has three forward gears and one reverse so you can match the kit's speed to your walking pace. It is powered by a seven-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, featuring cast-iron cylinder sleeve, dual-element air cleaner and automatic compression release for easy starting.
In use, the Scout visibly demonstrates its power. This is not a test for an audience with weak nerves. Our tester steers the machine into the overgrown vegetation. With its 56cm width of cut, the Scout chews through the scrub and pulps saplings that are 25mm in diameter. Neither engine nor machine complain once. You feel this one could work away all day, every day.
"It's lightweight and manoeuvrable, yet has all the power you need to cover rough terrain and slice effortlessly through saplings and dense weeds," the tester confirms.
For the smallest in the range, the Scout really packs a punch. A feature we especially appreciate is the brake clutch. It ensures the blade is halted as soon as the operator levers are released and also allows you to drive the machine to and from the work site without the blade turning.
Charterhouse Turf Machinery of Haslemere, Surrey, imports the Scout and other DR machines into the UK.
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