mini tiller

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by gunner27, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. gunner27

    gunner27 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
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    I did a search on mini tillers, many differant opinions. I thought hard about the stihl yard boss but ruled that out based on the fact that the powerhead they use is the same they use on their homeowner trimmer unit. I have it narrowed down to a mantis 2 cycle unit or the echo unit. They are identical other than the color and the price. (i think, unless someone can prove me wrong?) I am going to go with the echo. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Go for the Green

    Go for the Green LawnSite Member
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    Actually I have tried both over the years and the Echo lasted longer than the Mantis because of the handle set up. Great digging tines as well.

    The Echo has a cross bar in the center of the handle which gives better support and makes it last longer without bending/breaking.

    These little tillers are awesome! Major time saver!
     
  3. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have used mini-tillers before and in my opinion, they're just toys. They bounce off the rocky soil here, and barely scratch the surface, ineffective on clay or rocky soil. I'd go for a bigger tiller like a Troy-Bilt front tine for small jobs and rear tine for larger ones.
     
  4. gunner27

    gunner27 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
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    What mini tiller have you used? I have heard they are a real time saver as opposed to the hand tools.
     
  5. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think both are about equal but the mantis tore up grass alot faster when we put in a small flowerbed (rented 2 mini-tillers for $40 instead of the big tiller for $75)
     
  6. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
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    I love my Mantis.......I have used to to edge sidewalks and driveways, and even flowerbeds. Definitely a good tool.

    Derek
     
  7. Go for the Green

    Go for the Green LawnSite Member
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    The Echo and the Mantis are EXACTLY the same except for the handles. How could the Mantis "tear up the grass much faster??"
     
  8. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    yea but does Echo have a lifetime warantee on their tines like Mantis does?
     
  9. Go for the Green

    Go for the Green LawnSite Member
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    Yep, they sure do. Lifetime tine warranty on Echo tillers plus a lifetime warranty on the ignition module!
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you happen to know if there is a big price diff in the two?I'm in the market for a replacement.
     

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