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This is a great tiller, but the add is wrong. The engine on model 7924 is only 21CC's not 25.
durable, great product, easy to use. value for money!
Have had a Mantis for 11 years. It wouldn't start this year so --- a new one. The older one is now repaired so we're set for summer gardens!
Works good, but still takes a while to start, so much for the “Faststart” system. I do like the wind-up, auto release coil starter system, just takes about 10-15 to get a sputter, then a few more to run. Works good so far on “Cultivating” setup, i’ll try the “Tiller” later this year.
This tiller works great in my 8ftx16ft garden. It's lightweight and easy to assemble.
The product is relatively easy to assemble. Watch which way you mount the rotors. Initial start was a little difficult, but then this is a brand new motor. It tills quite well even with the rotor tines in the cultivate position. The only problem I encountered was trying to empty the fuel tank af...
I have used a Mantis for over 30 years. My first one just is worn out and at 85 I needed something easier to start. This fits the bill. I am sure this will outlast me but each one of my children use a Mantis. It is a family tradition.
Easy to start, lightweight, and powerful.
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Starts and runs good .I will need more time using it to give a fair evaluation.
Easy to assemble and easy to move around and use. Made of strong material too. I had a big stone get caught between the tines and the guard and had to use a hammer and chisel to remove it. Nothing bent or broke off and it just tears the sod up. Gave my arms, shoulders and back quite a work out too.
It took a fair amount of time put together and catches a fair amount of rocks from my rocky soil, but this thing can really move dirt. It has some power to it. I like that I won't have to rent tillers anymore.
This is a wonderful tiller for women. Yes it is a work out but easily handled and is a BEAST!
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Worked great, but tynes got full of roots. Tanglement was difficult to clear. thought it would chop-up the roots more.
Assembly was not as easy as others have reported in their reviews. Putting the kickstand on was possibly the hardest part of the whole assembly, but in addition, better directions would be helpful. When starting, it was recommended that one run it for 2 minutes. Just finding the prime pump button fo...
Awesome little tiller, love it.
good little tiller for tight spaces, great for urbanites
Questions & Answers
I had red maple trees removed, and while the stumps were dug out, there are many surface roots re...
No way. It's way too light to do much of anything. It will just bounce off of them. At best, it may be able to loosen enough dirt around the roots so you can cut them with a pair of looking shears or an axe and then allow you to pull them out manually. You may be able to chop them up if you rent the biggest commercial grade rear tine tiller. Even then, the big tiller will still bounce off of some of the roots and give you a very bumpy ride.
I do not think so, it will damage you machine
Yes I believe so as long as you have the tiller blades on, and you take it slow, backing up and going forward.
What is the mechanical difference of the fast start tiller over the basic tiller ?
The FastStart starting system is a spring-loaded ratchet-coil that adjusts the piston and compresses the air while delivering fuel directly to the ignition point. That’s what makes starting faster, easier and with much less effort.
I love this tiller. The functionality is great. Very easy to use, even in raised beds. This is my 2nd one. My first one lasted at least 15 years! This one is the easy start. It was a great choice, being a smaller women of 60 years. It takes minimal effort to pull. I don't know how it works, I just know that it does. I did need to do some adjustments to the idle this spring and also cleaned the sparkplug. The book helps with knowing how to adjust the settings. It was relatively easy, just a small screwdriver. I just kept playing with it until I got it right.
The difference is probably only in the starter rope rewind housing. Once you get the hang of starting a two-stroke engine, it is a piece of cake. With the fast start mechanism, it doesn’t matter how hard you pull the starter rope. Easy for my very petite wife. Pulling the rope simply winds a starter spring which releases automatically at a preset tension point, which will then spin the engine fast enough to get it started.
Do we mix oil in the gas?
Yes, you need to mix oil in the gas.
Can it till through dense clover? Can it till through grass?
yes, it can on both grass and Clover.
Yes, It can till thru grass and weeds, don't how thick dense clover is. Remember this is a MINI tiller. It's best if you can to mow or use a weed eater to cut the area to be tilled to a couple of inches. Real long grasses etc. can wrap around the tiller shaft and tines and slow things down. This my second Midas Mini tiller, I used my first one 17 years then gave it to my son.
Can I use this Mini Tiller to make a trench for installing a water line?
No, this unit tills the soil it does not create trenches. Mike
No it loosens the dirt. It's not a trencher only a tiller.
First check your local codes as to trench depth requirement. I believe the Mantis can dig a trench about 10".
yes. it digs very well but not very deep. 8-10 inches. just go slow.
It does not dig a trench. If you use it. It will loosen the soil and make it easier to dig but it will not open a trench
Does this tiller take regular gas or " TRUE FUEL " ? I see on a review somebody mentioned they...
This is my second year, and I have only used regular gas without problems. I do add Sta-Bil in the fall when i am done using it.
This tiller uses regular gas. I don't know what true fuel is. It is a great tiller. I used to own the two cycle model and this one idles quietly when waiting to be used unlike the 2 cycle version.
I use regular non ethanol unleaded gas. This was my second Mantis the first one was bought in the early 90's.
I've run my tiller on regular gas for two seasons and it has performed just fine. Mantis does recommend the use of True Fuel due to it not containing ethanol. I understand their recommendation and use a 1 gallon gas can to fill my Mantis from rather than my old 5 gallon can. This results in my refilling the gas can with fresh fuel at least each season. I also run the Mantis tank close to empty before completely refilling it. Bottom line: when using regular gas fill your gas can with fresh fuel each new operational season.
I used regular fuel in it and have no issues
I use regular fuel in my tiller and it works just fine.
In NY and possibly some other states, I can buy ethanol-free gas which I run is all my small engines. Its Premium gas, but still much cheaper than True Fuel and other non-ethanol products sold in stores. Ethanol eats away your fuel lines and gaskets if left sitting over time so an extra buck at the pump is much cheaper that repairing or replacing your gear. Some people add Stabil to their gas, but its just one more step I don't need.
I received a bottle of oil, but did not receive a spark plug? Did anyone else receive a spark pl...
I received a spark plug with my unit. Call there toll free number and I would guess they would mail you one, or go to the store and i would guess they would make it right. Bob
yes it came with a spark plug attached no extras.
I bought mine about a year ago. Unless something has changed, mine definitely came with a spark plug.
as far as I recall mine came with one installed. So I was not without a sparkplug.
Spark plug is in engine
We bought one last weekend. Hubby put it together quickly, and it took awhile to start and smoked a lot, but this was expected. Once done with the smoking i was able to use it. Tip: buy an additional bottle of 4 cycle oil as the bottle that comes with it is not enough.