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Mantis Tiller and attach.
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mouseinthewall    Posted 02-03-2002 at 10:25:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone out there used a Mantis and what are your results?? What's the engine- not in literature they sent me. I don't think I can handle the big tillers and will be using it for a small veg. garden and asparagus patch. What about the lawn aerator and dethatcher attachments? Are they as durable as they tout in the advertising? Thanks for your help

Betsy    Posted 09-12-2002 at 13:12:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I recently purchased a Mantis after wanting one for years. However, I had a problem when I first used it, the throtle handle came off which cause my hand to squeeze it and it went into full throtle and caused a severe cut to my leg. Due to the handle breaking off my right hand was not on the handle anymore and I'm thankful that it was not worse. Has anyone else heard of manfunctions such as this?

townie    Posted 07-31-2002 at 12:17:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I also want to buy a small tiller. I'm not that strong but I'm enthusiastic!
What about the electric Mantis tiller? Is it powerful enough?
If the Mantis tillers don't go deep enough, do any?
And as for aerator attachments, are there any that actually take out plugs (and do not compress holes)?
Thanks for any advice provided!

Leo    Posted 02-04-2002 at 17:18:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I sure like mine. Who cares about CC's : ), it will pull your arms out of your shoulder sockets if you let it. easy to control, though. only pull it backwards if you want to till as deep as possible. that way the blades rotate up from under the tough top turf. If you want to scratch along the top in soft soil, go forward. works ok for edging the sidewalk. I use mine to till a moat around my new trees, then when I water, some of it stays around.

tomatolord    Posted 02-04-2002 at 12:10:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
they have a 2 stroke engine so they are light weight and spin real fast..they do a good job of tilling up the top, they do not go deep though

unless you have warm weather grass you dont need the dethatcher

the aerator does not take plugs out it pushes into the dirt, which further compresses the soil, true aerotors take out a plug of soil

walt    Posted 02-03-2002 at 17:56:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree 100% with Okie. The only different thing I do with all my gas engines is use gas stabilizer for winterizing. Just add the amount, run for 5mins, top off and forget. I did the "run dry" for yrs and had nothing but problems. I'll have to check mine in the morning for the engine size. 2.3cc rings a bell, but not sure.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-03-2002 at 11:49:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The lady of the house bought a Mantis tiller thru the mail about four years ago. She likes it so well that she won't let me use it! It does every thing they say it does. Absolutely no problems at all. We just drain the tank, run the engine out of fuel, throw it in the storage building till next summer.We don't use any of the attatchments tho. We only use it to roto-till the weeds between the rows of vegs. it came with a free edger. Still in the box. (no sidewalks- we live way out in the sticks.)

Julie    Posted 02-16-2003 at 14:30:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I absolutely hate my tiller. It is almost impossible to start. My dad couldn't start it, my boyfriend couldn't start it, so it's not just a girl thing. Had to take it to a shop to get them to adjust it.

Now the pull starter cord doesn't "catch" anything, just pulls out and in. I'm ready to start working on a garden, but guess what? No tiller.

If you can get the thing to run, it does a pretty good job, but it'll bounce you all over the place.

I think 90% of the popularity of this machine is due to intensive advertising. It's a good idea, but the execution leaves much to be desired. Maybe I just got a lemon, but Mantis doesn't care.

Brian    Posted 03-09-2005 at 10:16:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The design elements of the Mantis tiller, and others like it, represents an unsuccessful attempt to engineer a product down to a level where it is no longer able to peform its core functions in a competent manner. The intent of such an endeavor is to extend a tiller's utility and usability to those folks who otherwise do not enjoy the physical makeup needed to operate a traditional tiller in the proper manner. However, good intentions are not a substitute for good performance. At least one poster in this thread recognized this unavoidable truth.

A tiller MUST be of a certain size and weight for it to properly turn and amend soil. That a (full size) front-tine tiller places more physical demands on the operator than does a rear-tine tiller is easily understood if you take a moment to think about the design and operating characteristics of each. That said, the front-tine tiller still gets the job done through a combination of its inherent size and weight...and the presence of a sensible, 4-stroke engine.

Tiny tillers represent a failed compromise. It is unfortunate that some folks in Mantis's target market have been sold a bill of (undeliverable) goods.

I do hope that I have the sense and peace of mind to accept the day - should it ever arrive - when I find myself unable to operate a given piece of power equipment. Further, I hope that I'm cognizant enough to NOT lobby for a design modification that removes any remnant of utility from an existing, proven design.

If that day ever comes, I'll just pick up a hoe!

Brian    Posted 03-09-2005 at 10:20:49       [Reply]  [No Email]

It probably wasn't the intent of Mantis engineers to design a tiller so small that it was no longer useful, but that was the outcome here.

(That's what I meant to say in my original post's opening sentence.)


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