Mantis 7250-00-02 3-Speed Electric Tiller/Cultivator
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- The powerful and clean electric motor starts just by plugging the unit in an pulling the trigger making it the easiest tiller to start and use
- A weight of only 21 pounds makes the Mantis Electric Tiller easy to carry and maneuver
- The powerful electric motor provides the same tilling performance as gas powered tillers in a clean alternative
- The compact design allows the tiller to get in tight spaces and be stored where larger tillers can not go
- The patented reversible tines can be used to till down 10 inches or shallow cultivate the top 2 to 3 inches of soil
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Don't be fooled by the small, compact design of the Mantis Electric Tiller/Cultivator. Though it weighs a mere 21 pounds and has a width of only nine inches, the Mantis is powerful, thanks to its three-speed electric motor.
A reliable push-button primer will get you started, but the tines won't move until you squeeze the throttle. Once you've activated the throttle, the patented serpentine tines spin at up to 240 RPM to break through sod--even hard clay--tilling down to a depth of 10 inches.
The Mantis Electric Tiller/Cultivator makes it easy to maintain your garden. Simply reverse the tines to shallow-cultivate depths of up to three inches--it's much faster than using hand tools. And because it tills a nine-inch-wide path, this tool is especially useful in tight spaces and hard-to-reach areas. That's a real advantage for raised-bed gardeners.
Convenient, Versatile, and Durable
The Mantis Electric Tiller/Cultivator features folding handle bars which make it convenient to store in a garage or tool shed.
And with optional attachments (sold separately), the Mantis Electric Tiller/Cultivator can be used beyond the confines of your garden. Its lightweight design and convenient carrying handle make it portable, so adding an accessory such as a border edger or lawn aerator could potentially keep you busy all summer and into the fall.
The Mantis Electric Tiller/Cultivator's durable one-piece cast gear box is designed to last. Additionally, the tines are guaranteed against breakage for the lifetime of the tool.
What's in the Box
Three-speed electric tiller/cultivator with serpentine tines.
Patented serpentine tines spin at up to 240 RPM to break through sod
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Top Customer Reviews
Only con that I have found would be if you're tilling an area with a lot of roots the tiller will tangle rather quickly and pulling the tangles can be a hassle.
It is not going to till any huge area, but you shouldn't be looking at it if you have that big a need. If you've got small area(s) to till such as small gardens or raised beds or whatever, this will be perfect for you.
The electric version is quiet enough to use at 7am on a Sunday without waking the neighbors.
I am very satisfied with this purchase, and would recommend this tiller to anyone in a similar situation.
Total Score 9/10
Anyway, I took it out to use this year and it quits after a few minutes (yes, I cleared the roots etc, that is not the problem). I have to wait 5 minutes and then it quits again. Like something is overheating, but I don't smell any burning. For something I've used less than 20 times this is unacceptable.
Bumped up a star from my earlier review because I found it works until it gets too hot. On a warm day, that does not take too long. You need to hit the reset button once it cools down sufficiently (best to give it some time, not just 5 minutes), then it works again. When I had an issue (reported earlier) however, the local dealer who was also a Mantis support place just sat on the machine even though they told me it would be a week (need it for spring planting). Mantis has a 5 year warranty on this model ... but according to them it ony applies if you bought the Mantis directly from the company. With this kind of support, i can't give this 5 stars.
The biggest complaint I have is the big, bulky plastic handles and controllers. For starters, they are brittle plastic and quite bulky. Secondly, they were obviously thrown together at the factory without trial or concern for the hands of the user. The power "trigger" which has to be continually depressed while tilling is 'square' and sharp edged, and is surrounded by rough seams that cut into the finger rather quickly in use. The handles continually create blisters with any extended use, and my hands are not delicate. Further use of the machine will entail sanding down portions of the handle and trigger area, not something you should have to do at this price.
I'm hoping that the durability is there, despite the problems with design and detail work on the final production....but I'm not making any bets after using it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second electric Mantis. The motor burned out on the last one so I was disappointed it didn't last too long. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James MacKaye
I had the Mantis 7250 model since late 1990s. I'm here looking for new blades. I've had to return once in 2011 for motor repairs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by fastrock
I own this tiller and it's absolutely fantastic... when it's working. I've owned both petrol and electric. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patrick Sullivan
way more reliable than the gas powered model, but you need a 12 gauge power cord to get the power it's capable of delivering. Read morePublished 13 months ago by uncle chuck
I had a 2 cycle version of this tiller and nearly had a heart attack trying to start it despite having it serviced by Mantis dealer. Broke the pull cord 3x. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GP7
I had always borrowed a friend's gas powered Mantis. I loved it except if it didn't want to start, you were out of luck. This electric one has the same power as the gas model. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Paul Beaudoin