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

Mantis Tiller

Posted by sandiegojc Calisornia (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 11, 13 at 16:51

Saw other posts about Mantis Tillers. I've had one for about 5 years. It's a piece of garbage. It tills the soil ok if you can get it to start. I've done everything right for maintenance with it but it doesn't matter. I take it to the lawn and garden shop for a tune up every year-it still won't start more than once. If you get it to start and use it a while-then shut it off and try to start it again forget it. I'm sorry I wasted my money on it.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Mantis Tiller

Sandiegojc, sorry to hear of your bad experience with Mantis. Generally, they are reliable machines. If you have the 2-cycle engine (the one that requires you to mix oil into the gasoline), I suggest that you remove the muffler and scrape away all the build-up, then re-install the muffler. That build-up is a fairly common problem with 2-cycle engines, and clearing it away frequently fixes the problem.

RE: Mantis Tiller

My Electric mantis starts right up, don't smoke, and real quiet. Only have to take the tines off every now and then and clean-up the shafts. It has three speeds, but I hardly ever get it out of first gear. Has far more torque than those nasty gas models. Runs just fine off 100 foot extension cord.... I had real old two stroke model with the echo engine and I got tired of doing the same things you did. So I got ride of it on #raigs listers. had lots of calls and had no problem dumping it for the electric Jim Dandy....

RE: Mantis Tiller

I inherited a 2 stroke Mantis. It is about 10 years old and runs fine. It is great in my raised beds. I run it just like my old saw. Blip the throttle and run it wide open

RE: Mantis Tiller

2 cycle Mantis use the 21cc engine made famous by Echo. It has been the work horse for years in commercial environment. Reliability is beyond compare. If you have problem, chances are high that you don't know what you are doing. Particularly if you had it serviced many times.

When you cold start, prime the bulb 7 to 8 times, close the choke all the way, don't touch the throttle and just pull. When it starts, quickly open the choke all the way, don't even touch the throttle. You monkey with the throttle while trying to start it, the engine can get into a stubborn mode and you are going to have a hell of a time starting it. Just follow my instruction.
When you stop the engine and want to start again while it is hot, don't prime, don't throttle, just pull and it will start in one pull.

RE: Mantis Tiller

I forgot to mention, sometimes when you pull, it tries to start but stop. In this case, open the choke all the way and pull, it almost always starts on the next pull. Remember never touch the throttle throughout the whole process. You touch the throttle, that's when you get into big problem. The engine never start on the first or second pull, usually like 4 to 5 pulls, never beyond. The method I described in starting works for Honda, Echo, Maruyama, Shindaiwa that I have. I never have to alter from this all these years.

Remember, don't touch the throttle.

 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