Winter is the perfect season to store your Mantis away until the new season.
Storing your machine is as simple as important to make sure your tiller keeps on starting straight off next spring and for the years to come.
The steps are exactly the same whether you have a 2-stroke or a 4-stroke tiller.
Let’s see how to prepare your Mantis for the cold winter!
Step 1 – Wedge your tiller
In order to perform the few actions needed to store your tiller properly, it is important to safely manipulate your tiller.
To do so, we advise you to fold the handles by unscrewing the lateral screws on the handlebars (see picture above)
That way, your tiller will be stable.
Step 2 – Empty the tank
It is very important to correctly empty the tank before storing your tiller.
Indeed, stagnant fuel can leave sediments at the bottom of the tank whichmay damage the carburetor.
Step 3 – Press the primer pump
The goal is to start the engine to make sure the tank is completely empty.
First, pull out the fuel inlet pipe.
Then, press the primer pump until suction of air.
Step 4 – Start the engine
Now, we are going to start the engine one last time to bleed it correctly.
We want it to stall to make sure all the air has been sucked out.
Step 5 – Empty the tank and close it up
You are nearly there!
Make sure that the fuel tank is completely empty. Then you can put the fuel pipe with the fuel filter on it back inside and close it up.
Your tiller is ready to go through winter. Store it in a dry place, out of reach of children.
Oil, fuel, mixture – What shall I do?
If you own a 4-Stroke tiller, it is not necessary to drain the oil. The level is made for 50 hours of use. However, the first drainage must be done after 10 hours of use. As for the fuel, without a stabiliser, you can keep it for 90 days. With a stabiliser, you can keep the fuel for 2 years.
If you need to change the oil, please get rid of it in a specific container which can be generally found in recycling centres.
If you own a 2-stroke tiller, the mixture oil-fuel can be kept for 30 days.If you have added our stabiliser (ref 101605) to the mixture, you will be able to keep it for 24 months. For any other additive, please check the shelf life.
Think also about cleaning your tines and lightly greasing them to avoid rust. To do so, some cooking oil or used (and cold!) engine oil will perfectly do the job.