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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).