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Is the Mantis Tiller any Good?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by echeandia, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    I have job to weed and apply mulch to about 1100 sq ft of bedding. The beds are in terrible shape with weeds growing everywhere. I am thinking of buying a Mantis Tiller or similar cultivator to help me with the job. I have a full size rear tine tiller but its just to big to maneuver in the tight spaces of these beds. Is the Mantis any good? Will it clean up the weeds so I can apply mulch? I don't want to be digging up top two inches of soil to get rid of the weeds and Round-Up is not an option.
  2. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 2,593

    I don't know about the rest of it, but the engine is an Echo 21cc unit.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,201

    The Echo tiller is almost as good......some Mantis units have a straight 4 stroke engine and they are pretty heavy and expensive but they are darn good. Why not use a trimmer to cut the weeds down then blow them out and spray and put down a pre-m ...it is a lot faster.
  4. PowerEquipmentWarehouse

    PowerEquipmentWarehouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 130

    The Mantis is a very tough machine, but also very light. It works well, and those aggressive tines dig up the ground. They will bounce around a bit in root areas, but they are very good machines. I agree with ed2hess about the Mantis with Honda engine, very heavy and not worth the extra price in my opinion.

  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    I don't have a pesticide license.
  6. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Posts: 2,574

    I have been using one to help remove a large Ivy patch......it is working great after the foliage is cut out. I use my Mantis a ton...... great machine....
  7. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    I agree i use a mantis on severaly of mu customers with small gardens like me to till them up befor they plant in them and the mantis is nearly perfect i have had it for about 5 yr maybe 4 i cant remember but i have used it alot and not a single problem with it. Sounds like it would do exactly what your are needing done
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Well you sure as hell don't want to be tilling those weeds either. You will be creating a mess 100x worse for your client should you choose to do that. Most weeds ripped apart by a tiller make a new weed with every little scrap. Mantis is a great little tiller, but tilling weeds to clean a bed is bad practice. Get in there and hoe um and pull um and dig um out. A shuffle hoe such as a Hula Hoe does this work quickly and easily.
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    She, doesn't hoeing leave some root in the ground? Covering the tilled or hoed soil with 3" of mulch will prevent anything from growing anyway right? That has been my experience and given that tilling is easier than hoeing I am leaning that way.
  10. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    It depends on the weed, some weeds propagate by roots. It seems that seeds are the weeds preferred method of reproduction.

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