Return to the Tool Shed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Looking for a small tiller

Posted by ginnie5 7 (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 27, 11 at 8:13

we have a larger front tine tiller that dh uses to get the garden started every year but I cannot handle it. I've been looking at the small ones...Mantis, STihl, and Craftsman. Is there a lot of difference in them? Preferences? I know that I want one with the easier starting. Don't mind mixing oil and gas if need be either. What I mainly need one for is tilling between rows (weed control) getting new rows going, and stuff like that. Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Looking for a small tiller

I've got elect. mantis. Smooth and quiet, no mixing on starting other than pushing a button, no carb. to get gummed up. Only down fall you have to have 110V close (within 100 foot). IMO the elect. is probably more powerful than the gas models of equal size. Mantis IMO has the best tine design, grinds and mixes the soil without throwing it all over the place. I went to above ground garden and dumped all my gas tillers. Takes me about 30 min. to till and prep for planting.


 o
RE: Looking for a small tiller

I would go with the Mantis, Stihl, or Honda. You can get the Mantis and Honda in either 2-cycle (gas-oil mixed together) or 4-cycle (don't know about the Stihl.) I prefer the 4-cycle, as it's quieter, but there's not a great advantage to either one.

rcmoser makes a good case for electric, but an acquaintance of mine who has one complains that she sometimes breaks plants off with the dragging cord, and must devote too much attention to where the cord is. Also, she was shocked to find that a heavy-duty 100-ft cord cost nearly $50. She is pleased with the job her electric Mantis does, but says she will buy gasoline next time, simply because of the hassle the cord causes.


 o
RE: Looking for a small tiller

We bought a mini tiller (off brand)from Menards (michigan) back in 2001. Have not had a bit of trouble with it. My one suggestion would be to be sure and use Non-Ethanol gas in it. You can check on the internet for gas stations in your area that sell it.


 o
RE: Looking for a small tiller

The nice thing about the Mantis is the number of attachments available for it. I have the tiller, crevice cleaner, and edger, and I use them all. Mine has the 2-stroke Echo engine. I start it and run it once a month. It's old, I inherited it from my dad, probably dates back to the late 1970s.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Tool Shed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here