Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions from Mantis Tiller Owners.
- Why is my engine bogging down when I give it full throttle?
- Why is my 2-cycle engine getting really hot?
- My rope pulls out with no resistance, why won’t it turn the engine?
- How often should I replace my fuel filter?
- Should I replace the air filter on my Mantis Gas Tiller?
- Why should I walk backwards when using the Mantis Tiller?
- How do I get replacement tilling/cultivating tines?
- How do I maintain my tines?
- Can I use any lithium grease in my transmission?
- Why don’t I see a spark on my spark plug when I test it, I think my coil is bad?
- How do I empty my engine to store it for the winter?
- Why won’t my tiller start – it has been stored away for a few months?
Why is my engine bogging down when I give it full throttle?
Your air filter or your spark arrestor (muffler screen) may be clogged and not allowing the engine to breathe properly. This will cause it to act as if the choke is on and bog down under a load.
Replace your air filter and check the muffler screen to make sure it is clean.
Shop your air filter: to tillers parts.Back to Index
Why is my 2-cycle engine getting really hot?
You may not have enough oil in your gas mixture to properly lubricate the engine.
Always make sure you use the proper 50:1 mixture ratio. Convenient, pre-measured bottles of premium 2-cycle engine oil are available via our online shopping. Shop here : 2 stroke oil for Mantis tillers.
Also, there may be a buildup of dirt or debris on the cooling fins of the engine; make sure they are kept clean.Back to Index
My rope pulls out with no resistance, why won’t it turn the engine?
There may be some dirt or debris in your pawl catcher assemply causing them to stick.
Remove the 4 screws on the starter assembly and lift it off the tiller. Looking down on the tiller, on top of the flywheel, you will see a gold-colored dish with 2 black levers inside. The levers are called pawl catchers. Use a piece of 80-grit sandpaper and slide it under each pawl. Move the pawl back and forth 10-12 times. This will clean the debris out and smooth the pawls. Replace the starter assembly.Back to Index
How often should I replace my fuel filter?
Your fuel filter should be replaced every 3 months or 100 hours of use.Back to Index
Should I replace the air filter on my Mantis Gas Tiller?
Clean air filters will assist in ensuring optimum performance for your Mantis Gas Tiller. The filters do not clean very well and once dirt infiltrates the fibers of the air filter, the possibility of your engine seizing from dirt ingestion increases.
Find your new air filter in our part section.Back to Index
Why should I walk backwards when using the Mantis Tiller?
Because of the design of the blades (tines) and the light weight of the machine, the tiller digs into the soil by using resistance. The Mantis tiller is designed to be used in a fashion very similar to running a vacuum cleaner. It’s not necessary to continuously walk backward, many users find it comfortable to stand in one spot, allow the tiller to walk forward and then slowly pull it backwards, allowing it to dig into the soil. Then go forward at a different angle and pull it back again. If you prefer, it will also work to walk slowly backward the length of your garden. By tilling this way, you don’t have to walk through your freshly tilled soil.Back to Index
How do I get replacement tilling/cultivating tines?
Tilling/cultivating tines are guaranteed for life against breakage. If your tines are broken, please package them up and send them to us at: Mantis UK Ltd, Orchard House, Hempshaw Lane, Stockport, SK1 4LH. Be sure to include a note that says you want your tines replaced according to our warranty. Also include your name, address and telephone number.
If your tilling/cultivating tines are bent or worn and you wish to replace them, you will find them on our Tiller Accessories page. Or call us on Freephone 0800 988 4848 to purchase new ones.Back to Index
How do I maintain my tines?
After each use, remove and clean the tines. Then spray both the tines and the tine shaft with WD-40 or some other light lubricant to protect them from rust. This will also prevent the tines from “freezing” onto the tine shaft.Back to Index
Can I use any lithium grease in my transmission?
No, you cannot; you must use lithium 0 weight grease, double-zero weight is too free-flowing and may not lubricate the gears properly. This can be obtained from most Halfords or B&Q outlets but if you are having problems getting hold of some, go to [LINK] where you can order some directly from ourselves.Back to Index
Why don’t I see a spark on my spark plug when I test it, I think my coil is bad?
Most likely the coil is not bad on your machine. It is rare that a coil can fail because it is completely sealed and electronic. The coil is a very low sparking one and can only be properly tested with a 3-point ignition tester. You will not see or feel a spark by grounding the plug. We recommend having the coil tested by your local Mantis dealer.Back to Index
How do I empty my engine to store it for the winter?
Do not store your tiller with fuel still in it. Even under ideal conditions, stored fuel containing ethanol or MTBE can start to go stale in 30 days. Since stale fuel has a high gum content, it can clog the carburettor. This, in turn, will restrict the fuel flow. When you’re ready to store your tiller, or will not be using for more than 2 weeks, drain the fuel tank completely.
Next, restart the engine to make sure no fuel is left in the carburettor. Run the engine until it stops. This will prevent gum deposits from forming inside the carburettor and possible engine damage.Back to Index
Why won’t my tiller start – it has been stored away for a few months?
You may have to clean the carburettor of old fuel or replace the gaskets and diaphragms. If the tiller is stored with even a small amount of old fuel (older than 30 days) in the tank, it can clog the carburettor and cause deterioration of the gaskets and diaphragms.
Drain out the old fuel and dispose of it properly. Once the fuel tank is empty, push the primer bulb on your tiller 7 or 8 times to clear out any fuel in the carburettor. Empty the fuel tank again. Next, mix fresh fuel in the correct ratio and fill the fuel tank. Push the primer bulb 11 or 12 times to pull the fresh fuel through the carburettor and let the tiller sit for about thirty (30) minutes. Then press the primer bulb an additional 11 to 12 times to flush out any residue. You should now be able to start your tiller using the standard starting procedure.
If parts are needed, they are available from www.mantis.uk.com.Back to Index