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Buying a Mantis - 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JROD, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. JROD

    JROD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I recently tried out a mini-tiller and was very impressed with the results. The unit I used was the Craftsman, so i'm sure the Craftsman won't even compare to the Mantis. We have clay soil around here but the unit still worked very well.

    I have had many requests for small jobs and the Mantis is what I need. My question is, Should I go with the 2-stroke Mantis tiller or the 4-Stroke w/ the Honda engine?

    I have searched many of the posts and found many useful posts about the different brands of mini-tillers but did not see anything directly related to the 2 and 4 stroke engines. Any opinions would be appreciated.
  2. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,773

    go with the two stroke, you get more torque. i love mine
  3. captken

    captken LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,704

    The Honda 4 cycle has more torque than Mantis 2 cycle. The Honda is quieter. Does a good job.
    The 2 cycle Mantis tiller [with its tines and higher rpm advantage] will dig circles around the Honda.
    The Mantis 2 cycle is twice as productive, due to the increased rpm's and the tine design.
  4. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    I have a set of digging tines for my Honda, it makes it as fast as the mantis
  5. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    4 stroke...hands down...the Honda 4 stroke is the easiest machine to start you will ever have. Pound for pound its the most productive and useful machine we own. All kinds of uses that will save you enormous amounts of time on different landscape tasks...buy the kickstand for it as its a pita to stand up without the stand
  6. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,867

    i recently bought the honda f100 mini-tiller with the 4 stroke. it is now my favorite piece of equipment. check your local home depot and see if they might have any left (closeout for the 110 now in stock). i paid $150 per for my 2.

    that engine is awesome and amazingly quiet.
  7. gunner27

    gunner27 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 243

    I bought the echo mini tiller which is exactly the same as the mantis. They are the same machine. I love mine, can't believe I have been doing jobs this long without one. My thread on this got moved real quick for some reason. Maybee the moderators could clarify what commercial lawn care or the other threads should involve. To me, doesn't seem consistant.
  8. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have a 2-stroke Mantis, it is a great tiller for small flower bed. I have no experience with the 4-stroke, but would recommend the 2-stroke Mantis
  9. The LawnSmith

    The LawnSmith LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I have the Mantis 2-stroke. It has a good 5 years of use on it and runs like a top. High RPMs and although very lightweight, digs deep and fast. It's great for flower beds and weeding tight garden areas. I have heard that the 4-stroke is a lot quieter. The 2- stroke is louder than my string trimmers, but cut and dry.....it works very well.
  10. Spirit Lanwcare

    Spirit Lanwcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Go with the Echo mini tiller.

    Same basic unit as the Mantis but with better handles that last longer without breaking/bending!

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