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Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:43 am
by oakdean
Hi all, we are in australia and have bought a DRM & Co D-562 at a local 'clearing' sale, we have a parts book for the machine and the Cummins motor,
but we are looking for an Operator / Service manual, as most of the usual graders here are Allis, Gallion, Cat & JD to mention a few,
if anyone can help that would be great, if anyone knows any info on the old girl, as it is an unknown factor to us.

l just bought a download for the Champion 500 & 600 series operator manual, but have not got the download link as yet.
But by the look of it, it may be a different model, l bought the one below, but it also says it is the 500 & 600 Series...????
Champion D-560B, D-560S, D-562B, D-565T, D-600B, D-605T, D-686G, D-686T Grader Operators Manual

The Grader was made 1975? just before Champion bought DRM ( dominion road machinery company ) in 1977 l think.
(This is where l live Holger!)


Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:31 am
by oakdean
The company started in America back in 1875. But the Canadian company originated in 1892 when "Copp Brothers" acquired the
Canadian rights to manufacture & sell "Champion" graders in Canada. The first model being the Steel Champion Grader in 1895,
this being a Horse draw machine built of all steel construction.
The Copp brothers were bought out in 1897 and the company changed to the "Good Roads Machinery Company".
The original American company taking control in 1909, with the firm being known as the "American Road Machinery Company of Canada Ltd".
In the American depression of the 1920 the companies parted, and became "The Dominion Road Machinery Company".

A powered model based on the McCormick-Deering tractor was launched in 1928, called the "powered Maintainer".
A Hydraulic operated version the "Hydraulic Powered Maintainer was Launched in 1936. With dual tandem drive (6x4) from 1939.
Then introduced blade lift for bank triming in 1946.

In the 1950s they dropped other lines and concentrated on Grader production. The D500 series introduced.
Fitted with a 12 ft blade and Choice of engines from 85-140 hp from GM or IHC.

The 1960 saw the D600 series introduced, with 160-190 hp engines.

Then in 1975 a redesigned D700 series was introduced, the first with articulated bodies.
New line of Production graders launched for the Mining industry. 80T (latter upgraded to the 100T),
this was a massive machine with a 24 ft blade, weighing in at about 90 ton with a 700hp Cummins engine.
Few were built and in 1989 the design was sold off to the Dom-ex Corporation in Minnesota.
Company name changed to Champion Road Machinery Company in 1977 from the Dominion name.

They merged some operations with Volvo in 1997, but part of the company was de-merged in 2004 and still make a
line of compact machine independent of Volvo. Following the Volvo merger the series VI machines were
renamed as "G" designations and Champion was dropped for the Volvo name on the machines.
Production continued in Canada, but the Articulated versions were discontinued.

Volvo introduced a new G900 series in 2006, with seven model line up, from 155-265 hp.

Model RangeEdit
Steel Champion Grader, a Horse drawn model of 1895
Powered Maintainer, of 1928 was first tractor based model.
Hydraulic Powered Maintainer, of 1936 was first hydraulic controlled model.
507 Utility Grader, 47 hp based on a converted tractor skid unit.
D500 series with 12 ft blades
D600 series
D600 12 ft blade
D686 13 ft blade
D700 series
D710 & D710A 1978
D720 (see photo above)
D730A (Articulated version)
D740 180-215 hp
D780A 14ft 215 hp (Articulated model) 1981
Series III upgrade in 1989
series IV upgrade in 1995
Series V upgrade in 1997
Series VI upgrade in 1999 then Volvo dropped the Champion Name.
G900 series 2006 Volvo designation
G946 6 wd
G976 6 wd


Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:29 pm
by Jeremy Rowland
Hi and welcome :wave: thanks for the information :thumbup: please let us know how you get on with your latest acquisitions.


Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:40 am
by oakdean
Thanks Jeremy, l found a DRMCO D562 Manual in the USA and am waiting tenderly for it to arrive here.....l have sent my other stuff to Holger, and when l have the Champion manuals l will send them to him also....The manual pictured is what l am after... l hope it is what comes in the mail....

Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:42 am
by oakdean

Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:19 pm
by Mrsmackpaul
Wow that's amazing

I have never even heard of such a machine

When I here Champion I think of Chamberlain tractors , turns out I'm not even close lol


Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:51 pm
by mechman
When I hear Champion I think of a horse.
Norm :D

Re: Champion Grader, DRM D-562

Posted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:12 am
by oakdean
Yes l have just about what l need and l sent them all to Holger to list on this site for you all.