Despite a late snowfall last week, spring is FINALLY here in Texas and people are making plans for their vegetable and herb gardens. While researching tillers for a friend, I found that Mantis reviews online far exceed those of other manufacturers when it comes to quality, durability, and warranty. The Mantis tiller/cultivator, shown above, weighs only 24 lbs. It’s powered by a 4-cycle Honda 25cc engine that’s both quieter and more powerful than the 2-cycle tillers.
The Mantis 4-cycle is gas-powered and requires no fuel mixing, as some tillers do. It includes a variable throttle and a shut-off switch to avoid “run-away” machinery, and digs as deep as 10″. The gear box is aluminum cast in a single piece for extreme durability.
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When you get some weeds stuck in your tiller’s tines or axle, do you go out and purchase an $18 specially bent piece of wire or do you make one yourself out of some scrap wire? If you’re not a Toolmonger, you might go buy Mantis’ tiller tine detangler.
Mantis fashions their 10-3/4″ detangler out of what they call strong, solid steel and then they dip it in some sort of plastic. Rather than spend the $18 for this overpriced piece of wire, drop $10 for a wire bender like we’ve posted before, and with the leftover cash you save you can pick up some Plasti-dip to coat the handle.