Mantis, Echo, or Honda mini tiller

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by blafleur, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
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    It was brought up in a previous thread. I have been debating getting a mini tiller. I now have a cultivator attachment for my Echo split shaft, it is junk.

    Any words of wisdom on the dedicated mini tillers, I have heard some say the Honda is the best. I definately like Honda motors. I have also heard a lot good about the Echo and Mantis. At least for a while I believe they were the same unit.

    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
  2. Strongmd

    Strongmd LawnSite Member
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    Honda, all the way.
    I have one and I use the straight blades instead of the tiller blades to slice seed in small areas. Works fantastic.
     
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a Honda mini. Very good unit. Its one very handy little machine.
     
  4. Keith Howells

    Keith Howells LawnSite Member
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    We also use the Honda mini. We like it and have used it for two seasons with no problems.

    I originally thought it was a waste of money, puny and under-powered, but several of the guys insisted so I gave in. Now I'm sold.
     
  5. NCSERVICE

    NCSERVICE LawnSite Member
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    Stihl now makes a tiller, called a yard boss, it looks like a pretty sweet unit. if i had to pick though i would go with the mantis you cant beat those tines.
     
  6. Black Water

    Black Water LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a troy built, and have had no problems in three years. However the Mantis tines look like they would work better than mine.
     
  7. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
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    Straight blades", like the Mantis's? I use a power rake (dethatcher) to prep small areas. Can you compare the mini tiller to one of those? Something for those real small areas would be nice.........
     
  8. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    BTW, does John Deere still make a tiller?
     
  9. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
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    looks like a tool next to a toy Mantis! Seriously, night and day "heavy duty" look compared. Stronger engine too.
    $319 list
     
  10. hollywood

    hollywood LawnSite Member
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    go with the Honda mini. A benefit to mini tillers is that you dont need ramps to load/unload from a truck. I have used a honda for quite some time w/o any problems.
     

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