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Mantis vs. Stihl MM55

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yacht, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. yacht

    yacht LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    Has anyone had experience with either of these two pieces of equipment? Looks like the teeth will easily break on both of these units. Mantis offers a 2cycle engine or a Honda 4stroke any idea which is better?

    My dealer price is $324 for the Mantis 2stroke, $389 for the Mantis with Honda 4stroke, and $369 for the Stihl MM55.

    Any feedback is appreciated.

  2. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    mantis without a doubt
  3. letitgrow123

    letitgrow123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    Mantis is much easier to use. Lighter, less cumbersome. Plus, it's proven and has a VERY reliable Echo 21.2cc engine. I prefer the 2-cycle. More torque, slightly lighter. The Stihl has that 27cc "homescaper engine". Similiar technology to the homelite and Ryobi. Mantis also offers the "Easy Start" model. Takes almost NO effort.
  4. I`d go stihl ... I have the the Stihl FS55 trimmer with the home scaper engine on it , and i don`t know where the hell you get you info but it in no ways compares to a ryobi, i blew 2 of them up in 3 weeks last year, doing the stuff my fs55 does every day, i`ve had it for about a year now. and it is tough a nails, and has super power, i`ve ran the echo 2100 s for a 3hours before, and the engine is crap compared to my stihl`s. i`d go with stihl forshure
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    These machines look like they'd be great for trim work up against things like drives, walks, and beds for slitseeding.
  6. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Mantis.(If your talking about the tiller)
    Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.:p
    At least mine does,but is is an older model so I don't know about the newer ones. the blades bend occasionally but haven't had any break.
  7. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    I bought a Mantis w/ a Honda last year. It does a great job. The Mantis has a lifetime warranty on their tines.
  8. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    you cannot destroy a mantis, trust me!!!!!
  9. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Mantis....Just bought one a few months ago with the Honda 4 stroke....has so many uses if you get a few attachments. The best $350 I have ever spent on any piece of equipment....and very lightweight. COmes with a video to show you the various uses it has

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