small tiller/cultivator recomendation
I originally and incorrectly posted this in the Garden Tractor section--got some good responses too...:-) I'm new here obviiously.
My situtation is that my Sears 2 cycle, 2 HP tiller after 12 very dependable years died due to broken gears in the trans. No parts are available as it was originally built by AMF, who is no more. Sears will however sell me the complete trans for $189+tax, S&H. Nope.
I use the small machine for tilling between rows in the veggie garden and occasionally spot tilling in the wife's flower beds. I have a big rear tine beast for the "heavy hauling."
When you look at small tillers, immediately, the Mantis chorus starts, leaning toward getting a 2 cycle machine from them. 1 year full refund and 5 year warranty is tough to beat. Also Amazon has this machine for $309 with free S&H.
My cncern with Mantis is simply that it would seem a machine that small (weight) would probably work best when pulled backwards and my application is simply steering it down rows in the garden. I've read reviews that they tend to bounce when going forward. This soil has already been worked and is very friable so input from Mantis owners would be appreciated.
Any other brands I should consider? Not impressed with the current craftsman line, and the Stihl machine with a dozen attachments doesn't impress me as I like "purpose built" machines. IMHO you can do one thing well, or a lot of things not so well.
Thanks for your time,