Stihl MM55 mini-tiller or Mantis??
My Craftsman mini-tiller took a dive. The transmission is toast and a new tranny is $180. Well it is kind of a no-brainer. Time to get a new tiller!! Yippee!!
I really had my mind set on a Mantis with the Honda 4-cycle (gas and oil seperate) engine. BUT while doing a little shopping I ran across the 2-cycle (mix gas w/oil) Stihl MM55 Yard Boss mini-tiller. AWESOME!! We already own two Stihl chainsaws and a Stihl weedwacker and they are great. So I am very intersted! Here are some of the things I found that Stihl did better.
First: The handle positioning is perfect. They are in a more comfortable position. (for me anyway)
Second: The Stihl has a 27.2cc engine and the Mantis has a 22cc engine. MORE POWER!?!?!
Third: The Stihl handles fold down for easy storage and transport. I can slide it right into a shelf.
Fourth: You can add attachments. Like an edger, dethatcher, aerator and my favorite the sweeper. (for getting all the gravel of the lawn from last winters plowing)
Fifth: Stihl makes top notch equipment. It also only weighs one pound more than the Mantis and cost exactly the same as the Mantis 2-cycle, $299.
Sixth: The Stihl unit lays flat on the ground. This makes fueling and getting grass and roots out of tines much easier. The tines are actually off the ground when in this position.
My father in-law has a Mantis that I have used and they are very nice units.
I was wondering if anyone has had any problems with their Stihl MM55?
I will probably purchase the Stihl MM55 Yard Boss next week. I really liked the idea of a 4-cycle engine but in the end the $100 price difference made me look back to a 2-cycle. Besides I already have it mixed for my chainsaws and weedwacker. Any input would be great.