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Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one?

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redtom

06-21-2014 13:15:28
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Okay, I'm overrun with hoeing the weeds. Been wanting a mini tiller for some time. Really, really don't want a 2 cycle like the Mantis. Once I had a Honda in mind but $350 seems steep. Everywhere I need, I can reach with a cord. Are the electrics any good? They say: just as powerful as the gassers. Mrs redtom would run an electric too, but not a 2 cycle.




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glennster

06-23-2014 13:23:19
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
have you tried a stirrup or scuffling hoe? i picked one up a couple years ago, really works good and a lot easier than a regular garden hoe. sharpen both cutting edges good before you use it, most come dull. use a push pull action and it slices the weeds right off. heres a picture. menards also has them

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Brokengun

06-23-2014 10:59:18
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
I bought my wife one form Sportsman guide about 4-5 years ago.

She uses it for her raised beds. Its light weight and ugly green it cost around $60 at the time.

Knock on wood I hope the ugly thing last a long time.

My wife loves the thing



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El Toro

06-22-2014 08:31:28
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  

I have a Mantis tiller that's over 30 years old.
I plant double rows and is very useful when tilling my green beans. My wife bought it, but it's not that light. It started on the first pull
after sitting in my mini barn since last summer. I have a picture somewhere. Hal
PS: I use my Troy Bilt on the tomato plants. Hal

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Billy Shafer

06-22-2014 07:25:08
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
Stay away from the gas Mantis. I have six in my junk pile. All less than a year old all broke. Know a lady 81 has the electric version. She likes it.



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TomA

06-21-2014 22:33:54
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
I found an electric Mantis in a vacant lot that had been through a fire. I re wired it and it works great for tilling our beds. The only thing it goes too fast. . Originally it had a resistor for speed control. That is what burned up.



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andy c

06-21-2014 20:17:55
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
Have had a Troy Built for 3 years. I use it all summer long. Use with a heavy gauge cord and it performs bout the same as the Gasoline Mantis did. An added benefit is the low noise level and instant on and off. Will not go back to a gas powered, but for primary tillage it is a bit slow.



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mike m

06-21-2014 18:25:26
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
I can't help but picture that thing with the cord all winded up in the tines. LOL



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Dusty MI

06-22-2014 04:38:34
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to mike m, 06-21-2014 18:25:26  
Just plug it into a GFCI receptical, to be safe.

Dusty



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johnski

06-21-2014 15:27:21
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 13:15:28  
I bought one 3 years ago after fighting with my gas tiller for the last time, bad gas, mice under flywheel, broken pull cord, etc. It"s branded Troy-Bilt, about the size of a Mantis. I have used it to re-do my whole back lawn, about 50'x75' and for the small garden I have. This thing works great, the tines are thin,sharp and turn fast,but the light weight doesn"t beat you up when using it. Make sure you use a big enough cord and you can run it all day long. HTH Jf

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redtom

06-21-2014 15:40:34
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to johnski, 06-21-2014 15:27:21  
Which style do you have. I looked at home depot page and see a few styles. one with no wheels, a few that look like mini gas tillers, 9, 10, 11, 14 inch sizes.



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johnski

06-22-2014 08:56:13
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 15:40:34  
I bought mine at Lowes but Home depot has the same unit branded as a Yard Machines 9 inch 6.5 amp



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johnski

06-21-2014 17:55:34
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to redtom, 06-21-2014 15:40:34  
Mine has wheels, I"ll have to look in the shed in the morning Jf



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johnski

06-22-2014 08:49:21
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 Re: Electric Mini Tillers: Anyone use one? in reply to johnski, 06-21-2014 17:55:34  
I can"t read the model number on the tag but the tines measure 10 inches wide HTH Jf



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