New Tiller

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I have wanted a small tiller for sometime, as all we have now is a huge troybilt that I can't handle. DH always puts me off when I need him to till something for me. So I ordered a Mantis, it arrived Friday, of course it rained and turned cold last night, but hope to try it out sometime this week. I can't wait. Would like your comments on your Mantis tillers, and if you like them or not.

Hope Valley, RI(Zone 6b)

http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/485145/

See this thread for comments on the Mantis.

Dodd City, TX(Zone 7b)

I would like to hear from everyone that has a small tiller - any brand. I have had a Mantis for several years and have just worn it out. I would like to hear how the Troy-built 4 cycle, Stihl 2 cycle, and Mantis 2 cycle compare before I buy a new one.
Thanks,
Sharlene

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I have trouble starting my Mantis, DH can start it, but I can't. Gasoline powered machines, just have an aversion to me. I am petite, but don't consider myself a wimp, but it is just one of those things that I can't do. This is disappointing, as this was the reason I bought it, so that I could do the tilling, without having to bother him. Just my 2 cents worth.

Dodd City, TX(Zone 7b)

I had trouble starting mine too until I shortened the pull cord. Try putting a couple of knots in it and then give it a couple of pulls and see if it helps you. I have since shortened the cord on several things and I can now start them "all by myself".

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Wow, I will try that, Maybe we women have a lot shorter arms than the men.

Bluffton, SC(Zone 9a)

My wife tried to start a chain saw one day. LOL. She never realized what is involved in using a chain saw. She couldn't even get one good pull. I don't really think about it but some of these pull start gas engines are not easy to start. Check out the stihl, I saw somewhere that their chain saws are using a recoil system to make it start easier but I don't know if their using that system on all their products.

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

DH uses the Stihl products and I will ask him about them. He seems to have no problems starting chain saws, tillers, lawnmowers etc, even with having had surgery on his shoulders 2 for the left, and 3 for the right with rotator cuff problems. I fear that I would have rotator cuff problems trying to start any of these. Why don't the manufacturers take into consideration the difference in men and women's strenght, arm lenght etc. when designing these products. Okay, off the soap box, but it is frustrating to be a small petite woman, and have a little ole machine defeat us.

Bozrah, CT

At Sailsuch farm we use a Stihl mostly because thatís what my power equipment dealer sells. Itís been very good for the six raised beds I grow garlic in. Starts on the 2ed pull, easy to clean and light to handle. I suspect that the Mantis, which I believe is made by Echo is just as good.

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I am not complaining about the job it does, just that I have problems starting it.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Sailsuch, where did you get your information that Mantis was made by Echo? Just curious. :)

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

I got my Mantis to day what a great little tiller

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

phicks, did you use it yet? Let me know what you think.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

i used it to day it cuts right tho the grass

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Have any trouble starting it? That is the trouble I have, someone suggested putting some knots in the rope close to the pull thing, and I am gonna try that, if the rain ever stops!!

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

nope no trouble i have long arms

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I guess mine are extra short. If DH starts it for me, then after it is first started, I can usually restart it if I need to.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

Do you have a kick stand?

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

No, do you? Are you serious, like on a motorcycle?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

kinda like its square and folds up and down when you start it you put it down and put your foot on it to start did you put it togather ?

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

No, mine didn't come with anything like that. DH and I put it together, and all the parts were used, and nothing like that left over. Waaa, did I get cheated?

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

May Be who did you buy it From?

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I ordered it online at Mantis, and it was shipped to me. I have had it 2 years, and this will be 3 years of use. Gonna go to their site, and check, If I was supposed to get it, I want it. Thanks for the head's up.

Lakeland, FL(Zone 9b)

thats where i got mine to it came with the kick stand and a Edger to

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

I got the edger, but no kickstand.

Palmer, AK(Zone 2a)

I've had my Mantis for several years and I love it. I have the kickstand, but I had to order it extra. It was well worth it, it my opinion, because the Mantis stands up instead of laying on its side between uses.

I used to have trouble starting it in the Spring, because I tended to forget how over the winter. (I had to get out the instruction book).

The Mantis has what I think is called a 2-stroke engine. That means you have to pull the choke all the way out, pull on the cord until the engine almost starts, then push the choke halfway in and pull the cord again until it starts. After it runs for a few minutes, you can push the choke all the way in. (Once I learned this technique, starting the Mantis is much easier. I can even start my Brushwacker now).

Hope this helps.







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