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Re: Tiller!

I've had a Mantis tiller (and sprayer) for over 12 yrs.  Marge, it takes a
lot of pulls the first time of the season.  After that it usually takes 6
pulls the first time of an individual use.  If used repeatedly, turned on
and off during a job, it's one or 2 pulls.  I can't use the Mantis in
unbroken earth or areas full of roots, but otherwise it is the most
wonderful machine and a size I can handle.  I have used it for tilling,
edging, dethatching, trenching a narrow line to lay electrical cord, you
name it. I don't think I could make a new bed, mixing amendments evenly
without it.  For use in unbroken areas, I roughly spade the area first to
give it something to grab, and away it goes.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2004 12:18 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tiller!

> So, Jesse, what is the brand of this nifty lil' machine? I once
> borrowed a Mantis and once it got started (by son; I never could
> start it), it tilled away like mad and you're right - man can you get
> a lot done in a short time...but I never thought of buying one as I
> just can't start it.
> So...come on...give more info. on your marvy machine!
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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