Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions about Mantis Tillers.
- Be sure to have the right level of oil – 4-stroke engine
- 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?
- How long has the Mantis been on the market and how many have sold?
- Can the Mantis Tiller be used in a raised bed?
- Do I need to mix petrol and oil for the 4-stroke?
- Is the Mantis Tiller easy to carry?
- How do I store my Mantis?
- Why should I aerate my lawn?
- What optional accessories and attachments are available for the Tillers?
- How long is the warranty on the Mantis Tillers?
- What makes the Mantis Tiller better than the competition?
- Where is the Mantis Tiller made?
- How much does the Mantis Tiller weigh?
Be sure to have the right level of oil – 4-stroke engine
An engine without oil is a disaster, and too much oil is also a source of many problems, including leaking oil, a smoking engine, the pull cord that hangs, not to mention the cleaning that will have to be done.
We show you here the oil level for the engine of a four-stroke Mantis tiller.
On the photo you will visualize the right level of oil: the oil must come at maximum at the level of the thread of screw, indicated here by the metal point.Back to Index
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
How long has the Mantis been on the market and how many have sold?
The Mantis has been on the market for more than 30 years, firstly in the USA and has been available in the UK for more than 25 years. In that time, over 2 million machines have been sold worldwide.Back to Index
Can the Mantis Tiller be used in a raised bed?
Yes, due again to its light weight and manoeuvrability it can easily cope with tilling elevated beds.Back to Index
Do I need to mix petrol and oil for the 4-stroke?
No, there is no need to mix petrol and oil for the new 4-stroke engines.Back to Index
Is the Mantis Tiller easy to carry?
Yes it is very lightweight, weighing from 9.5kg/21lbs to 15.5kg/34lbs and all models come with a carrying handle making it easy to transfer from your garage or shed to your garden, or to your car and then to an allotment or a friends or relatives garden.Back to Index
How do I store my Mantis?
Storing your Mantis over the winter months couldn’t be easier. First always empty the tank of fuel and run the engine so that any excess fuel floating around in the carburettor is burnt off. Once you have done this, you can either store your Mantis in a garage or shed, upright in one piece or you can fold down the handles to make it more compact if space is an issue. Mantis UK Ltd do stock a Storage Rack that can be affixed to a garage or shed wall and will hold your Mantis off the floor and out of the way until you need it again at the beginning of the seasonBack to Index
Why should I aerate my lawn?
Thatch collects on your lawn over time and can actually choke it to death! As it thickens it robs the soil of air and hinders water absorption and nutrient penetration to the soil and root system. Not only will excessive thatch kill the grass, left undeterred long enough it will damage the soil so that even if removed, new growth in that area will be sparse at best. Using and Mantis Aerator attachment in the early spring and late summer will remove the worst of the thatch, so allowing air and moisture to penetrate, keeping the lawn healthier looking.Back to Index
What optional accessories and attachments are available for the Tillers?
There are a number of accessories and attachments, which can be viewed at www.mantis.uk.com/product-category/tiller-accessories/ and www.mantis.uk.com/product-category/tiller-attachments/ respectively.Back to Index
How long is the warranty on the Mantis Tillers?
There is a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty on the Tiller itself and the Tines have a lifetime guarantee against breakage.Back to Index
What makes the Mantis Tiller better than the competition?
The secret to the success of the Mantis Tiller can be attributed to our unique serpentine tines that turn soil into a fine texture, ready for planting. This coupled with its lightweight manoeuvrability, making it suitable for all ages and both genders, gives it a real edge against its nearest competitors.Back to Index
Where is the Mantis Tiller made?
The Mantis Tiller is manufactured in our factory in Philadelphia, USA and shipped directly to the UK.Back to Index
How much does the Mantis Tiller weigh?
There are four Mantis Tiller models, weighing from 9.5kg/21lbs to 15.5kg / 34lbs
Electric Tiller 9.5kg / 21lbs
Classic 4-Stroke Tiller 11kg / 24lbs
Deluxe 4-Stroke Tiller 12kg / 26lbs
XP 4-Stroke Tiller 15.5kg / 34lbsBack to Index