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New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby jltrent » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:40 am

Anybody have one of these and do you like it. Hopefully it will help in keeping a cleaner garden and cut down on using a crook neck hoe as much. These little tillers are not cheap. I was lucky to find this one used in good shape.

https://mantis.com/product/mantis-2-cyc ... ultivator/

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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby Bigfoot » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:21 pm

Won't help you at all, but I've always wanted one. You sicked it on anything yet?
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby slick4591 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:37 pm

I have had one for years and they are pretty handy when you can keep them running. I'm no mechanic and got tired of having to take it to one every year to get it back to running. We bought a small Honda and it beats the Mantis hands down. Mantis bounces like a golf ball when on hard ground but will eat up some dirt on soft. Oh, I would have sold you mine.
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby ga.prime » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:15 pm

About the same amount of usefulness as a Garden Weasel.
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby jltrent » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:34 pm

ga.prime wrote:About the same amount of usefulness as a Garden Weasel.


Garden Weasel--------I had to look that one up

http://www.gardenweasel.com/garden-weas ... en-weasel/

It sounds like I may still be using the crook neck hoe just as much, after reading the post above. :(
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby greybeard » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:22 pm

I had one....it worked ok on flowerbeds, where the soil was loose. One day, I went to try to till up some harder clay and after hopping around like it had a burr under it's saddle, something inside came from together. Sheared a pin or key or stripped a gear..dunno. Engine still ran, but nothing rotated.
I gave it to my son to fix and keep (pretty sure he tossed the little popcorn fart into the first dumpster he drove by.)
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby callmefence » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:25 pm

I'm pretty sure that thing is made to work in loose soil between the rows .Not break hard soil.
It's a cultivator.
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby jltrent » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:19 pm

callmefence wrote:I'm pretty sure that thing is made to work in loose soil between the rows .Not break hard soil.
It's a cultivator.
Here is my garden from this past year as it was coming up. It is about 2/10s of an acre. What I had in mind was going right next to the plants that need a little extra tillage after I tractor cultivate with the Mantis tiller (can carry it in the garden were needed) and try to cut down on the hoe work as you can't get real close with the tractor without damage to the plants. It may not be work any good and if so I have $50 tied up in the little tiller as it does run good and I noticed lots of parts on Ebay for these.

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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby slick4591 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:57 pm

I think you'll do fine for those purposes. Like I said earlier it works great in loose soil.
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby ga.prime » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:01 pm

Put away the crook neck hoe and get one of these.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... gLrC_D_BwE
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby Ky hills » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:21 pm

I got one soon after they came out, maybe 20 years ago, still working and running good. It is a pretty good little machine, but like anything else it's still work to use it. I let go forward a bit and then pull it back to work up the ground. If it hits a rock it will jump and sometimes cut up a plant.
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby skyhightree1 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:31 pm

jltrent wrote:Anybody have one of these and do you like it. Hopefully it will help in keeping a cleaner garden and cut down on using a crook neck hoe as much. These little tillers are not cheap. I was lucky to find this one used in good shape.

https://mantis.com/product/mantis-2-cyc ... ultivator/

Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTfFQYpiCvE

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I like them and use them a lot for flower beds and such but never for my garden too much work :lol:
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby snoopdog » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:46 pm

I have had 2, sold them both , they just won't work in our rocky ground . It's wheelstand city when you hit a rock!
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Re: New to me Mantis tiller........

Postby pricefarm » Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:41 pm

My dad has one and loves it.
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