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Random Musings => Miscellany => Grow Your Own => Topic started by: Poly Hive on May 15, 2016, 01:10:23 pm

Title: Mantis tiller
Post by: Poly Hive on May 15, 2016, 01:10:23 pm
We are eyeing up one for the new house c/w the lawn kit to aid in the moss battle to come.

Anyone used one or has one and willing to comment please?

Title: Re: Mantis tiller
Post by: Danu on May 15, 2016, 01:44:18 pm
I would hire one first, see if it does do what it claims on the tin.
My experience is that they are to light to be of any use, but I do have the use of big toys to do the work so may be bias
Title: Re: Mantis tiller
Post by: Wobbly John on May 15, 2016, 04:30:37 pm
I have one of the old 2 stroke ones that I bought off one of the old guys on a neighbouring allotment. I wish I hadn't - it's not much good on heavy soil.

 I use it for potato planting as it can draw a trench out reasonably well. I thought I would be able to use it between fruit bushes where my big rotovator won't go, and to 'hoe' between rows.

If you have a medium plot on light land, it would probably be OK.
Title: Re: Mantis tiller
Post by: Poly Hive on May 15, 2016, 05:25:58 pm
We have a relatively small veg garden comprising some 8 raised beds with lightish good quality friable soil so the power issue is not an issue if you get me. We are also interested in the lawn care aspect they are offering in what is currently a good deal so probably making a purchase tomorrow.

Now studying the how to put it together manual.... Hmmmm will update..LOL

Title: Re: Mantis tiller
Post by: Marmitegeoff on July 14, 2016, 02:17:01 pm
Have one.   Only OK for the initial "digging" but are excellent for the inter row weeding, and the secondary "digging".
Title: Re: Mantis tiller
Post by: Poly Hive on December 22, 2016, 01:11:57 pm
Now used this for some time and the moss remover works a treat. Took of 42 barrow loads in total this season.

The lawn edger I just cannot get to grips with so possibly I am doing something wrong or our edges were just too rough for it to cope with.

The rotavator I have not yet used but now I know the power in the machine from the moss scarifying I have reasonable hopes for it as the soil here is just excellent. Full of worms and very friable so I am not foreseeing power issues. I will update when I turn over the plots for the next round of plantings.