Mantis Tiller woes
I got a mantis several years ago. Loved it.
Well... except when you have tall weeds/grass to chop up. Don't even bother. It does not cut the weeds. It just twirls them up into balls, then you get the back breaking job of removing the tines and picking out balled up weeds. Like every five min. So half the time I end up getting the spade out anyway.
But... after the weeds are gone, it's nice.
Until one year. I accidentally put my husbands chain saw fuel into the tiller. I thought two stroke motor oil was all the same. Clearly not. It hasn't run right since.
I took it in once to have serviced. It SEEMED ok when I went to pick it up. But... it only runs for 5 min or so then dies. And it's never had the power it did before I screwed it up.
So.... some questions.
Is this fixable? Two mechanics so far thought they got it, but no.
All the simple stuff, plug, change fuel, filters have been done.
Is there internal damage somewhere from my bad fuel mix?
Next, the problem of it not chopping up tall weeds. I wonder if there is any other kind of tiller that would do the job better?
I basically only use the thing twice a year. And have a small veggie garden. (Guessing here, about 12x30 feet.)
Would I be better off just renting something? Replacing the mantis? Or what else would work?