Finally used my little tiller.....

From the latest tomato tips to sweetcorn calamities, share your experiences in the garden.
Post Reply
User avatar
jltrent
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3359
Joined: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:04 pm
Location: Virginia
Has thanked: 318 times
Been thanked: 327 times

Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by jltrent » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:16 am

I bought it from an older guy who had quit gardening and had used it very little for $50. It needed all new gas/tank vent lines and a I just went ahead and bought a new China carb for it as gas had been stored in it and I knew the diaphragm in the carb would be bad. Those carbs are hit and miss from China, but I must have gotten a good one as I didn't even have to adjust it.

Long story short I probably got the biggest surprise of my life how good it did. In rocky areas with rocks no bigger than a tennis ball just pull it backward and it hardly ever bounced. I put fertilizer down and my garden is around 1/4 acre plus my mothers garden and took the little tiller and tilled it in. You can get close to the plants etc. As far as using it I don't know if I would trade it for a Troy-built.

If you don't have one of these I Highly recommend.

Image

Image



User avatar
slick4591
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 10351
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:58 pm
Location: Farmersville, Texas
Has thanked: 210 times
Been thanked: 212 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by slick4591 » Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:41 am

I've owned one for years but it's been in the back of the shop since I bought my little Honda. In our Blackland clay the Mantis had a hard time breaking up the compacted stuff.
I wish my brain could forget what my eyes have seen.

"If the mountain were smooth you couldn't climb it." ~ unknown

User avatar
greybeard
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 19012
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:51 pm
Location: Cleveland Tx
Has thanked: 126 times
Been thanked: 618 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by greybeard » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:48 am

I tore the bottom end out of 2 of those blasted things. Dang worm gears...never give ya a break. Gave 'em both away.
"For evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing" Burke
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It ain't easy being a used cow salesman.

User avatar
jltrent
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3359
Joined: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:04 pm
Location: Virginia
Has thanked: 318 times
Been thanked: 327 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by jltrent » Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:02 am

49 ratings and 42 come back as a 5 star. That is pretty hard to beat .........some people will betch and gripe and can't be please with anything. I have already put it through the ringer and it has taken everything and still in one piece. Even my wife was impressed after I used it to mulch up a couple of flower beds. I don't know if I would give $389 for one though, but it is 10x better than I ever thought.

https://www.tillersdirect.com/Mantis-7940/p16324.html

Video
https://youtu.be/jdjxwz9C3P0

Image

User avatar
True Grit Farms
GURU
GURU
Posts: 9453
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:29 pm
Location: Middle Georgia
Has thanked: 185 times
Been thanked: 577 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by True Grit Farms » Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:50 am

I have a Honda tiller that will only run wide open. Changed the carburetor and still runs the same way. Brought it to the local small engine repair shop and they said the engine was wore out. I found that hard to believe but I know my wife put regular fuel in it a few different times. Definitely an excellent tool.
If we'd of know this we'd of picked our own cotton.

User avatar
jltrent
GURU
GURU
Posts: 3359
Joined: Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:04 pm
Location: Virginia
Has thanked: 318 times
Been thanked: 327 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by jltrent » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:14 am

greybeard wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:48 am
I tore the bottom end out of 2 of those blasted things. Dang worm gears...never give ya a break. Gave 'em both away.
That was the first thing I did was pull the plate off the gear box to check the gears and if it had grease in it. Plenty of grease and the gears looked pretty robust for a little tiller. I ran 2 tanks throw it and the gear box got warm, but not hot. As with any gear box with a worm gear that is usually the weak spot.

User avatar
slick4591
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 10351
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:58 pm
Location: Farmersville, Texas
Has thanked: 210 times
Been thanked: 212 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by slick4591 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:24 am

jltrent wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:02 am
49 ratings and 42 come back as a 5 star. That is pretty hard to beat .........some people will betch and gripe and can't be please with anything. I have already put it through the ringer and it has taken everything and still in one piece. Even my wife was impressed after I used it to mulch up a couple of flower beds. I don't know if I would give $389 for one though, but it is 10x better than I ever thought.
Must have been the moment there. I'd rate the thing very high on sandy or previously broken ground in my neck of the woods, but it does have its limitations for my purposes. Yes, it's great for tilling close to the plants as I used mine for years with no complaints, but fully understood its limitations.
I wish my brain could forget what my eyes have seen.

"If the mountain were smooth you couldn't climb it." ~ unknown

User avatar
pricefarm
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1410
Joined: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 pm
Location: Southwest Va
Has thanked: 74 times
Been thanked: 34 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by pricefarm » Sat May 04, 2019 9:20 pm

My dad has had a couple of them. There good tillers.

User avatar
FarmerShell
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 556
Joined: Sun Aug 07, 2011 5:06 pm
Location: Kentucky
Has thanked: 256 times
Been thanked: 46 times

Re: Finally used my little tiller.....

Post by FarmerShell » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:44 pm

I need a GOOD heavy duty tiller... pull behind a tractor... what do ya'll recommend? We have rock, worms, spiders, and More rocks call it dirt/soil. 😂

Post Reply