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Small Cultivator

Postby Geoff » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:13 pm

I have no trouble digging but find the clod bashing to a tilth afterwards hard work. I wonder if a small electric cultivator would be any use. I've looked at the Mantis from time to time, currently £189, 1000W, 12" wide. There is a cheap one available from Aldi at the moment, £60, 1200W, 14"wide. The design is different, Mantis has wheels, Aldi doesn't. Anybody any experience of using one without wheels?

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Postby oldherbaceous » Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:23 pm

Evening Geoff, I use one of the early Mantis 2 stroke tillers, this doesn't have wheels and is fairly easy to use...if just taken steady.
I just wondered if the wheels on the Mantis in your photo, are just for transportation?
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Postby Geoff » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:00 pm

I just wondered if the wheels on the Mantis in your photo, are just for transportation?


It's hard to tell from the video on their website https://mantis.uk.com/product/electric-cultivator-3450/ but I suspect they aren't really active in the cultivating.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby robo » Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:29 pm

Hi Geoff , I have a mantis with a 25cc Honda engine driving it no wheels but an excellent bit of kit,I used to have a handy electric one no wheels on it but powerful for an electric one ,I left it in my shed down the plot one night along with the generator to drive it and some scrote had them away
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Geoff » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:03 pm

Thanks - it sounds like it might do the job, £60 and three year warranty is quite tempting.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Compo » Mon Apr 06, 2020 1:43 pm

What csn you lose really?
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Geoff » Mon Apr 06, 2020 3:00 pm

We'll see - ordered today!
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Geoff » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:34 pm

Delivered today. Seems to make a difference.

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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Primrose » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:57 pm

I imagine these devices are a good investment for those with large plots or as anno domini starts to creep up and physical effort becomes harder. Physical exercise like digging and raking may be good in small quantities but machinery which eliminates physical exhaustion surely make this kind of activity more pleasurable and less time consuming. Appliances which keep one gardening longer than would otherwise be possible are to be applauded.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Geoff » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:00 pm

Looks even better with a row of Masterpiece Green Longpod planted.

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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Stephen » Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:34 pm

That is looking good Geoff.

I'm going to stick to fork, the three prong cultivator (the "Abu Hamza" as we have nicknamed in in very unPC way) and a rake. I hope it will keep me active.
On the new no dig style section obviously I try to smash up the manure then add some seived soil.

Our shed is already full to (nearly) overflowing.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Colin2016 » Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:52 am

I have & used the cheap one on my back garden (not plot as no dig) which turn lumps into easy to work soil also cuts roots into smaller roots for regrowing so best to pull all roots out first.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Shallot Man » Sun May 03, 2020 8:24 am

robo wrote:Hi Geoff , I have a mantis with a 25cc Honda engine driving it no wheels but an excellent bit of kit,I used to have a handy electric one no wheels on it but powerful for an electric one ,I left it in my shed down the plot one night along with the generator to drive it and some scrote had them away



Was givan this advice some years ago from an old time copper.
Buy a can of car spray. spray part of machinery with it. Unsitely but works. Easily recognised at a boot sale. Also paint post code on all machinery . :wink:
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby oldherbaceous » Sun May 03, 2020 9:54 am

Wise words, Shallot Man.
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Re: Small Cultivator

Postby Shallot Man » Sun May 03, 2020 10:50 am

Shallot Man wrote:
robo wrote:Hi Geoff , I have a mantis with a 25cc Honda engine driving it no wheels but an excellent bit of kit,I used to have a handy electric one no wheels on it but powerful for an electric one ,I left it in my shed down the plot one night along with the generator to drive it and some scrote had them away



Was givan this advice some years ago from an old time copper.
Buy a can of car spray. spray part of machinery with it. Unsitely but works. Easily recognised at a boot sale. Also paint post code on all machinery . :wink:


PS. Should have mentioned post code using ultra violet pen. From all good Police Stations. FREE.
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