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Mantis/Honda Tiller

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Unsingle, Mar 14, 2011.

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  1. Unsingle

    Unsingle Member

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    My wife has six small gardens that are about 6 ft. X 20 ft. Each year we get the neighbor to till them, but he can’t do it anymore. I am thinking about buying a small tiller like a Mantis or Honda, but don’t know if they will work well. If I were younger, I would buy a rear tine model, but don’t won’t to spend the money or try to handle that big of a tiller. A larger front tiller is even worse. Anybody use any of these small tillers? I thought I saw a post on a Mantis tiller on here, but I couldn’t find it. Thanks
     
  2. musky

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    My brother in law and myself both have the mantis with honda engines on them. They have more than enough power from flower garden to vegetable garden. The only thing that i have noticed is that they till way better pulling them backwards than going forward. All in all a great little tiller.
     
  3. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    We have a Mantis (electric) and it does everything we need. From flower beds to gardens...I wouldn't go back to gas (mixture) again.

    Curt
     
  4. John55

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    I bought the Mantis last year...best money I ever spent on a piece of garden equipment. Mine has the 2 cycle engine and I've had zero troubles with it. Starts easy, doesn't smoke and has plenty of power...and yes they do work a lot better if pulled backwards!
     
  5. Richshoots

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    Don't think twice,hands down the Mantis is the one. It is a real workhorse. I have had mine for 20 years and it is still going strong. They also have a first class service department
    Rich
     
  6. toad67

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    I had an original mantis with the 2 stroke and had problems with it. Get the 4 stroke version if you are going to get a gas model.

    Todd
     
  7. blkcloud

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    Actually Echo makes the mantis..or at least they are Identical with echo motors on them..they are the only thing I have ever seen advertised on tv that works like the comercial shows... I have 2 of the 2 strokers..!!
     
  8. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    I've owned the Sears look alike to the Mantis for 15 years or more and for small gardens it does a great job!
     
  9. porky

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    If you have heavy soils(clay), the engine will not hold up to it. Mantis was designed to be a tiller to weed more than till deep,the motor will not hold up to continual spring tilling(motor will burn up). If you are looking for a tiller to till the gardens up in the spring, get a 5 HP Troy Bilt. It's small and works for both tilling and weeding.
     
  10. sliverbulletexpress

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    If you have perfect soil they are fine, if you have typical Missouri rock with a little dirt mixed in they suck.
     
  11. teddy34

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    You must till when weeds are quite small with a Mantis. The tines plug
    easily. If tilling tree rows a bigger tiller works better.
     
  12. Unsingle

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    Well, I finally got the Honda and used it for the first time today. Wow, it really did a nice job, easy to handle, started immediately, and just overall really nice workmanship. Thanks for the comments.
     
  13. letts

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    Till in April? Our garden is frozen and is will soon be covered with wet snow.
    May hopefully we can start preparation for planting in June. Good thing is in August and September we can harvest.

    Letts
     
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