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Mantis 7225-00-02 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator (CARB Compliant)
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- The commercial grade 2-cycle engine is powerful, reliable and utilizes push-button priming for easier starting.
- The compact design allows the tiller to get in tight spaces and be stored where larger tillers cannot go.
- The patented reversible tines can be used to till down 10 inches or shallow cultivate the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.
- 5 Year consumer warranty on entire tiller including engine, plus a lifetime warranty on tines against breakage.
- CARB compliant
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|Item Dimensions||9.5 x 13.5 x 26.5 inches|
|Item Weight||21.38 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||21.5 pounds|
You'll be ready to garden all year round with the Mantis 7225-00-02 Two-Cycle Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator. With a powerful engine, durable tines, and compact profile, the Mantis Tiller/Cultivator is ideal for creating new gardens, tilling in narrow rows and raised beds, or along fences. Whether you're a first-time gardener breaking through new ground or a veteran green thumb, the Mantis Tiller/Cultivator will help you maintain a bountiful garden for years to come.
perfect for tilling in narrow rows.
Master and amateur gardeners alike find it handy for both new and established gardens. View larger.
Powerful but Easy to Control
Don't be fooled by the small, compact design of the Mantis Tiller/Cultivator. Though it weighs a mere 20 pounds and has a width of only nine inches, the Mantis is powerful, thanks to its two-cycle, commercial-grade gas engine.
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 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 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 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 hedge trimmer could potentially keep you busy all summer and into the fall.
The 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
Gas-powered tiller/cultivator with serpentine tines.
Patented serpentine tines spin at up to 240 RPM to break through sod
and even hard clay, tilling down to a depth of 10 inches. View larger.
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Top Customer Reviews
First, this is not a machine that is suitable for breaking up new ground or ground that has not been tilled for several years. It simply is not built for that.
Secondly, you should not let your mind wonder when using this cultivator. It can take out a garden plant in a flash if you loose control over it and indeed, if you are extremely inattentive, it certainly has the capability of taking off a toe or two.
Thirdly: I would strongly recommend you use gloves when using this for any extended period of time. They give you protection of course, but they also allow for a better grip, ergo, more control.
Forth: Try to avoid running in through bailing twine, wire or even vines if possible. Getting the stuff untangled is truly a odious task.
Fifth: Perform the preventive maintenance on it as recommended and then double the timing on it. Keep the tines sharp and keep them replaced as needed. (Yes, the tines are guaranteed against breakage, but I promise you that they will bend if bounced off enough rocks...hey, I live in the Ozarks, rocks I know!)
Sixth: Watch out for larger rocks. Not only can the bend tines, but they can cause the machine to go out of control.
Seventh: Watch and take great care with your gas/oil mix and at the end of the season follow the directions as to winter storage.
Now that being said, this thing is a snap to use. As a matter of fact it can easily be handled by a knowledgably and trained child with very little supervision. It can go into places a larger tiller cannot possibly go. It is light and is very easy to maneuver once you get the hang of it. Now I admit that I am a complete and absolute klutz when it comes to fixing anything mechanical (well, truth be told, non-mechanical things too), but I have had to take this into the shop only once in the years I have owned and used it. Everything else I was able to fix myself using only the manual provided, and over the past couple of years a few sites on my computer. No fancy tools are needed; only the ability to read and a smudge of common sense. Hey, trust me, if I can do it, then just about anyone can. I mean we are talking here about someone so inept that my wife use to have to put the children's Christmas toys together as I could not manage it.
I am like another reviewer here. I doubt if I would still be gardening, vegetable and flowers, if I did not have this cultivator. If and when it finally goes belly up (which will probably be long after I go first), I plan to purchase another. I do wish I could give this one more than five stars.
1. Mechanical: The tiller works great, starts in 2-3 pulls right out of the box. It takes mixed gas at a 50/1 ratio. Never use "old" gas or gas that is not the proper ratio. Over the years I have had some minor problems with it, mostly related to starting and idling. My recommendation is to clean or change the air filter regularly. The filter is easy to get at and oftentimes clogs with dirt and dust. Change spark plug every couple years. When putting the tiller "to sleep" for the winter, take out the spark plug and pour in a teaspoon of motor oil. Pull the start recoil and distribute the oil in the cylinder. I have not had any major problems with the tiller. I just finished an hour of tilling today and it ran great. Final tip: clean the accumulated weeds off the tiller tines when they begin to accumulate. This reduces the stress on the motor. The blades are faily easy to remove, clan, and return to place - it will prolong the life of the tiller. Since the Mantis has a smaller engine, it cannot be overstressed. To compensaate for the smaller engine size, the tiller has extremely sharp blades and they spin very fast. The engine does not have much torque however, and the engine will bog down in heavy jobs. The engine will stop if rocks lodge in the tines. If your garden space has a lot of rocks, this is probably not the tiller for you.
2. Functional: The tiller is lightweight and works best in smaller gardens, although it will work in a large garden too if the soil is lighter. I like how it can be manipulated with ease around plants and through smaller narrow rows (which a larger tiller cannot do). I am able to plant rows of vegetables closer together with the Mantis and till around them with ease. Perhaps most importantly, the Mantis tiller will not work well in heavy soils (with lots of clay). I experienced this firsthand. In heavy soils, the tiller cannot penetrate the compacted hard soil and just skims the surface. I found I had to spade up the heavy soil with a shovel and then till the clumps. A heavier tiller would have handled the clay soil, so if your soil is compacted and full of clay, this is not the tiller for those conditions. On the other hand, in lighter soils, the tiller goes through the soil just as depicted on tv. Excellent tiller for sandy loose soils. The tiller is only about 20 pounds. It stores easily in most sheds and doe not require a dedicated shed as a large tiller. Very portable!
3. Overall: Overall performance is in the 3-star range, mostly because of the limitations of use in clay/havy soils.
I do recommend this tiller for the gardener who has a smaller garden, wants to set plantings closer together, and has lighter soil. I'd recommend a larger heavier tiller for larger gardens or gardens with heavy soil. As Clint Eastwood said in "Magnum Force": "A man's got to know his limitations". Same case with this tiller. If you don't try to do too much with it, and know what it can handle (and can't), I think you will be pleased with the Mantis tiller.
Here is my story starting it for the first time.
(1) Use gloves. Your finger may get some blisters without it.
(2) Go to hardware store and buy spark plug wrench. The spark plug was overly tightened at the factory. I used a rubber hammer to open it.
(3) The problem that the engine did not start was because of wet spark plug. I had to clean it with a rag several times.
(4) It did start for 3 seconds then stopped. Try again.
(5) Then it started to 10 seconds then stopped. Pull it again.
(6) It started for 1 minute then stopped. Keep trying.
(7) Then it started for 2 minutes. I finally run the tines. Wow! it was a powerful little machine.
It may take a while on a hard or heavy soil like mine but it is capable to till such soil. It was doing a fine job on my garden.
I have a cover crop planted on two 4 x 10 feet raised bed. I was thinking to rototill the cover crop. It didn't work. The plant was very long and stuck on the tine causing it not spinning. I have to take the tines apart to be able to reach the tangled plants in the middle.
I gave it 4 starts because it was doing good job but difficult to start for the first time.
I used it to rototill 8x14 area yesterday. I was so surprised. It ran with 2 or 3 pull. It was doing a great job yesterday.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great machine ! Sometimes slightly difficult to start. Once going it's a real power house.,and I like being able to remove the tines easily for cleaning..
And had no problems. This one refuses to start, it sputters but won't run.