That's an important point. Many people don't even like to read the manuals.
Of course they are going to have problems starting the engine next season.
I enjoy the tough little mantis. I actually used it for the initial
breaking of the sod on my garden. It got grass tangled around the tines the
first time I tried it, but then I mowed the area short and the Mantis chewed
through the clay like a champ. It also pulled up some substantial sized
rocks out of the planting bed. I started piling them up next to the 20 x 30
garden area and will have a good amount of nice looking river rock for
Mine still starts on the first pull. All it takes is a few minutes of
maintenance, from time to time.
This is driving me nuts. Half the responses say to stay away from the thing,
and the other half are like yours. :-) I **do** read instructions, sometimes
multiple times. Maybe that's the key. And, my soil's not clay unless I go
down about 3 feet.
Maybe for new garden creation, but unless you trample the soil in your
existing beds, you shouldn't need a tiller to loosen the soil each year.
Now..having said that, I will include the fact that my vegetable gardens
have never been larger than about 30x30 ft, easily manageable with a fork.
There abouts. But the soil is mounded up around, and I move it back
and forth. It's very well worked soil, few rocks, I only do this once
a year, in the spring, to break things up for the season and work in
organic matter. Does the job.
Ann, Gardening in zone 6a
Just south of Boston, MA
I have 2 Echo chainsaws and an Echo weed trimmer, and a 4-cycle mower,
and a new Honda tiller that is too new to make a judgement about its
reliability. I run the same gas in all the 2-cycle engines, and I run
them dry in the fall or whenever I'm not gonna use them for a while.
The Mantis tiller is the only one I've had any problems with; I thought
it had an Echo engine. The Mantis is the only one that has a carburator
that's partially made out of plastic, and last time the tiller was in
the shop (because it wouldn't start again) they said that plastic plate
was warped and they replaced it. It ran again for about a year. Maybe
the newer ones have a different design carburator; mine is about 11 or
12 years old. (the big chainsaw and the weed trimmer are much older)
Buy whatever you want, and good luck with it.
Ya know....I could do this with a spade & fork if I could just get everyone
to LEAVE ME THE &$%@ ALONE for a weekend! :-) If you saw a gardener with
explosives and wires duct taped to his chest, would you leave him alone, or
try and chat?
Keep an extra couple of spades and forks around for company. Tell them, "We
can chat while we work." Word should spread fast that there is a lunatic
gardener digging up your yard and everybody best stay away until the digging
is done. ;)
The word's already spreading, although the dog owners are responsible. I've
asked a few to NOT stop their dogs on my property. Some of the morons ask
why. I asked "Excuse me??? I asked you politely". The nerve of me, thinking
I have something to say about what happens on my property. Must be out of my
Ayup. We always winterize our garden equipment at the end of each season.
The Mantis and the lawn mowers and the farm tractor ... all get cleaned and
drained or antifreezed or whatever they need. We aren't neatness nuts by
any means. It just makes sense to maintain equipment to make it last.
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