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Honda vrs Mantis

Postby tracie » Mon May 06, 2019 4:13 pm

Hi All,

I have a mantis and a Honda tiller, Both are 4stroke and both about the same age and been used about the same.

My question is which one should I keep, I do not need two, but both were a good buy second hand.

Thanks

Tracie
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby tigerburnie » Mon May 06, 2019 4:31 pm

Honda engines tend to be better, when I worked in horticultural engineering a long time ago, many were having Honda engines put on/in their equipment, lost count of the number of football clubs and cricket clubs that did it to their grass cutting gear.
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby Gerry » Mon May 06, 2019 4:43 pm

I have a Honda tiller but have never tried a Mantis. However I'm very happy with my Honda.
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby robo » Mon May 06, 2019 4:57 pm

Mantis four strokes are normally Honda engined
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby Geoff » Tue May 07, 2019 7:49 am

I've often thought of buying one of these lightweight cultivators for breaking down dug ground but as I have never got round to it I can't advise. Agree that Honda engines have a good reputation but if they are both the same as Robo suggests it is really down to your own experience - have they been equally reliable? - are they equally effective and easy to use?
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby robo » Tue May 07, 2019 1:18 pm

I've got a mantice, they are ok for breaking down lumps of soil but they are limited
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby peter » Tue May 07, 2019 6:57 pm

People on my site who have them tend to drag them backwards and get a trench of very finely minced soil.
Often the intend is potato planting, but also just breaking down unwintered clods.
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby robo » Tue May 07, 2019 7:18 pm

I have a small plough attachment it's ok for spud planting but not much else
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby Westi » Tue May 07, 2019 8:25 pm

I have a Mantis which for several years was great for earthing up the spuds if the rows were a bit further apart, it would just throw fine soil on top of either side & they were covered in a blink. It has died but it was not 4 stoke & we obviously didn't get the mix right. They kindly offered me £30 to upgrade in an e-mail recently, but cost of return if I took that offer would have been more than that & it cost soo much more even back then! I have killed our savings on the Keder so it will be trenching up for me for a few years while Mr gets over the shock of the tunnel!

I'm not sure I'd bother replacing it though, as that was it's main attraction for me. Even though my soil is reasonably sandy I just don't have enough land to justify the cost of either option.
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby robo » Tue May 07, 2019 9:14 pm

Westi if I ever decide to get shut of mine you can have it ,one of the guys on our plot bought a two stroke one it lasted around two months I can't remember the make of the engine but they are still made I was asked to have a look at it which I did I phoned the firm up and explained the position to them they were not very interested
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby richard p » Wed May 08, 2019 3:01 pm

mantis always seem to make good money at local auction or on ebay.

ive got a rotovator attachment for my ryobi strimmer, that works surprisingly well.
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby Shallot Man » Tue May 21, 2019 10:22 am

tracie wrote:Hi All,

I have a mantis and a Honda tiller, Both are 4stroke and both about the same age and been used about the same.

My question is which one should I keep, I do not need two, but both were a good buy second hand.

Thanks

Tracie


Hi Tracie. Me and a fellow plot holder have shared one for some eight years, so far no trouble. One bit of advice [ from HONDA factory ]
Always use a filter when filling machine, [moister in petrol ] and always switch of the petrol, and let it run until it runs out of juice. [ very tiny carb]
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Re: Honda vrs Mantis

Postby includedcamping » Tue May 21, 2019 12:55 pm

For me Mantis is ok but Honda is the best.
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