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defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 24, 2005
1:15 AM

Post #1422831

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.
sbragonier
Hope Valley, RI
(Zone 6b)

April 24, 2005
4:48 AM

Post #1423263

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

See this thread for comments on the Mantis.
oldflowerchild
Dodd City, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2007
4:09 PM

Post #3347759

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
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2007
4:13 PM

Post #3347770

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.
oldflowerchild
Dodd City, TX
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2007
4:46 PM

Post #3347880

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".
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2007
7:09 PM

Post #3348440

Wow, I will try that, Maybe we women have a lot shorter arms than the men.
CoreHHI
Bluffton, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2007
11:26 PM

Post #3349444

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.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2007
11:31 PM

Post #3349467

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.
Sailsuch
Bozrah, CT

April 10, 2007
5:22 PM

Post #3376628

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.
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 10, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #3376663

I am not complaining about the job it does, just that I have problems starting it.
Ticker
Lisbon, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2007
10:17 PM

Post #3381421

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

phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
9:18 PM

Post #3392050

I got my Mantis to day what a great little tiller
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #3392090

phicks, did you use it yet? Let me know what you think.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
9:40 PM

Post #3392097

i used it to day it cuts right tho the grass
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
9:43 PM

Post #3392115

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!!
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
9:44 PM

Post #3392118

nope no trouble i have long arms
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
9:45 PM

Post #3392121

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.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
9:46 PM

Post #3392125

Do you have a kick stand?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
9:49 PM

Post #3392136

No, do you? Are you serious, like on a motorcycle?
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
9:55 PM

Post #3392163

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 ?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
10:06 PM

Post #3392220

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?
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
10:12 PM

Post #3392243

May Be who did you buy it From?
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
10:16 PM

Post #3392264

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.
phicks
Lakeland, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2007
10:18 PM

Post #3392270

thats where i got mine to it came with the kick stand and a Edger to
defoecat
Pleasureville, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2007
10:52 PM

Post #3392502

I got the edger, but no kickstand.
ice_worm
Palmer, AK
(Zone 2a)

April 20, 2007
5:33 PM

Post #3412597

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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