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Old 06-19-2014, 09:46 AM   #1
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My wife has been enjoying a borrowed Mantis, but it's time to give it back. Are there any better mini-tillers available? Or is the Mantis the one to get? We already have a heavy front tine tiller.

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Old 06-19-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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Mantis is the top of the line when it comes to mini tillers.

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Mantis is the top of the line when it comes to mini tillers.
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"A borrowed Mantis"
Who borrows an insect?
It took me some time to get this one...
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:29 PM   #5
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Hmmmm. I guess it was kinda vague.
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I have a 2 stroke Mantis.. it works good but the they have problems with the carburetors and the state of California. What is happening is that the "non adjustable" carbs are being run extremely lean so to meet air quality standards... The tolerances are so tight that one little speck of anything and the machine won't start.
If you have to pull your cord more than 5 or 6 times, call and complain and they'll send you a replacement motor head.. (apparently with a better carb)..

Also, because of the small diameter of the tilling wheels, it doesn't do well in grass or weeds that are more than six or eight inches tall. You'll have to weed whip or mow first.

Other than the above, they work great and the high RPM really tears the dirt up.

As with all small engines, make sure you run a high octane gas in it.. and use a quality synthetic 2 stroke oil too..
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Thanks. My local pro-lawnmower place sells the Honda mini-tiller. Any thoughts on those?
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Thanks. My local pro-lawnmower place sells the Honda mini-tiller. Any thoughts on those?
The Mantis is the king of mini-tillers.. Check Youtube.com and you'll find comparison tests vs. other brands done by various people.. the Mantis wins hands down..

All you have to do to take care of it is to use high octane gas (89+), add a dose of "Sta-bil" and a dose of lucas oil to each tank and make sure you run it at least every three months for a few minutes.

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