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post #1 of 19 Old 06-07-2019, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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I need something to weed between rows of my garden, so I put an ad on Facebook last night. Got an answer that a guy at our local flea market had a couple. Went today on my lunch break. These were so cheap, I grabbed both. The Noma with Tecumseh engine started after a few pulls. Needs a tune up though. The Ryobi needs fuel lines redone. Will see which I like better once I get them both going.
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-08-2019, 02:37 AM
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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

I hope at least one of them will work for you because they are great for weeding around plants etc. Ive been using a Mantis Cultivator for several years and it has reached the end of its life I'm afraid.I can't imagine gardening without one now so I'm in market for new one.

Would like to hear how these work out for you! Good luck!
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I hope at least one of them will work for you because they are great for weeding around plants etc. Ive been using a Mantis Cultivator for several years and it has reached the end of its life I'm afraid.I can't imagine gardening without one now so I'm in market for new one.
Mantis' are the only small tillers I will use.

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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

I had a neighbor who swore by Mantis.

Me, wanting to minimize engines to maintain, bought a grass trimmer with tiller attachment. Works great, but the weight of the engine is on the wrong end to be helpful (need it at the tines, not the top of the pole). In tough soil, the tiller won't dig, it just bounces over the top.

I add weight (ankle-wraparound exercise weights) to the tiller end, which helps with the digging; but you still have to lug that extra weight around, and the engine weight is just extra burden.

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I tend to agree Mike. I have had both these running now and the Noma seems to dig in better and seems more balanced. I need to rebuild the carb on it though, keeps stalling. Waiting for a kit.

I am sure the Mantis ones are great, but the cost for a new one is out of the question. I paid $80 for the pair of these.

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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

I wouldn't buy a new Mantis, they show up barely used on CL all the time (not as cheap as the ones you found, of course).

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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

Being a majority of one, I don't like Mantis tillers. Perhaps it's because I'm used to tillers with WHEELS and didn't take the time to learn to manipulate the mantis properly. I'd read all the glowing "recco's" and bought one new. Sold it about a month later. I just like a small tiller with wheels that will stand where you left it, also think the wheels help the tiller to track better. Admittedly, a mantis can be maneuvered easily between and among things, but that's what a hoe is for. My requirement for one is to go between the rows. My small tiller of choice is a 20 year old Craftsman cultivator with a 2HP Echo two cycle engine.
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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

My kid has a Honda tiller, 4 stroke, can't remember if it has wheels or not,
but it does a great job. It's very light and starts right up.

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Being a majority of one, I don't like Mantis tillers. Perhaps it's because I'm used to tillers with WHEELS and didn't take the time to learn to manipulate the mantis properly. I'd read all the glowing "recco's" and bought one new. Sold it about a month later. I just like a small tiller with wheels that will stand where you left it, also think the wheels help the tiller to track better. Admittedly, a mantis can be maneuvered easily between and among things, but that's what a hoe is for. My requirement for one is to go between the rows. My small tiller of choice is a 20 year old Craftsman cultivator with a 2HP Echo two cycle engine.
Makes sense. Can you post a pic?

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Mike, "pic posting" challenged. Send me an email or txt number and I'll be glad to send along.
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Mike, "pic posting" challenged. Send me an email or txt number and I'll be glad to send along.
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Found a video on youtube of the one I have.

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Looks great, thanks for posting.

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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

A wheel kit is an extra cost option for the Mantis. I have found them to be much better quality, the cheaper ones showed up at the shop more often and were usually not worth repairing. The gearboxes piled up which means replacing them.
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Re: Mini Tiller/Cultivators

I sold a good running craftsman mini tiller when i got my TB Horse. Really wish I'd kept that thing for between plants when their small. I set rows so the Horse can go between and turn around, but can't get right up to the plants.
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