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Model: 7225-00-02
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Stirring
Stirring
Yes
Breaking
Breaking
NoNo
Engine
Mantis
Tines
Front Tine Tillers
Tine Rotation
Forward Rotation
Width / Depth
9 / 10"
Reliable Easy-To-Start 21.2cc Commercial Grade 2-Cycle Engine
Push button priming for quick, easy starts, time after time
Powerful enough to till through sod and compacted soil

Throttle-Activated Centrifugal Clutch
The tines engage only when you squeeze the throttle
You won't have to worry about a "runaway" tiller

Patented Reversible "Serpentine" Tines
Dig deep even into the hardest soil
Guaranteed for a lifetime against breakage

High-Speed Operation
Tines spin at up to 240 RPM
Cultivate or weed a 30' x 40' garden in as little as 20 minutes!

9-Inch Tilling Width
Easily gets into tight places where no big tiller can go

Up To 10-Inch Tilling Depth
You'll have better soil - the foundation of better gardening

Handy Carrying Handle
Makes carrying the tiller easy with handles folded or unfolded
Handles fold down for easy transport and storage


Engine
Engine Brand
Mantis
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
2-Cycle
CC
21.2 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.15 Gallons
Engine Cylinders
1 Cylinder
Oil Filter
No
Fuel Mix
50:1
Tines
Tine Position
Front
Tine Direction
Forward Rotation
Tine Diameter
8 Inches
Depth Adjustments
3 Postions
Tine RPM
240
Tilling Width Min
9 Inches
Tilling Width Max
9 Inches
Tilling Depth Min
3 Inches
Tilling Depth Max
10 Inches
Drive
Transmission
Gear
Forward Speeds
1 Forward
Accessories
Side Shield
No
Overview
Made in USA
Yes
Weight
20 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
5 Years
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
615964027613
Model
7225-00-02
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  7 Questions
Q: Todd,
Do you know of any mini tillers that have blades that are pointed and can replace the cultivating blades? I currently rent a push aerator that requires weight to make holes to apply grass seed in thin areas. Pushing is becoming harder and that's why I looking for a mini tiller that changes blades.
Thanks
John

by John from Maryland on September 23, 2011

A: John - any of the four MANTIS garden cultivators that we carry can be adapted to an aerator function using the aerator attachment, which is sold separately: Mantis Aerator Attachment
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: how easy is this mantis machine to start
by Anonymous on June 26, 2011

A: This mini-tiller is very easy to start. This model features an easy-to-pull recoil starter, which means you need less effort to pull the starter rope so the engine starts with much less effort.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: I am looking for a smaller machine for my husband for weeding in the garden. He already has a big Husky for the prep work in the all and spring. I am interested in your opion on the matter. I see that the Mantis and Honda look like good contenders but am really not knowledgeable enough to even know the right questions to pick the correct machine. I live in an area where the soil in pretty clay like and heavy.
by Karla from Connecticut on June 13, 2011

A: Karla - if you are looking for something compact and lightweight that you are going to use primarily for weeding rather than tilling the soil, then either the Mantis #7225 or the Mantis #7262 would be excellent choices. Just depends on whether you prefer a 2-cycle engine (#7225) or a 4-cycle engine (#7262) like your big Husky. The patented serpentine tines on the Mantis tillers make these a great choice when working in hard soil or clay. I think you will be happier with the Mantis than with the Honda model if you are working in heavy, clay-like soils.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: What does it mean 50:1 for gas?
by Joanne from Texas on June 02, 2011

A: Joanne - all 2-cycle gas engines require the operator to "mix" the gas and oil together before filling the gas tank on the engine. Think about oil and vinegar dressing on a salad. For an engine that is a 50:1 mix, you would use 50 parts gas to 1 part oil for the proper fuel mix to run the engine at it's optimal level. Exact mix proportions will be on the bottle of 2-cycle engine oil - that is, how much oil goes into one gallon or one quart of gasoline.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Hello,
We have a fairly large garden that, because of the rainy Spring we've had is growing weeds faster than I can dig them out.....same as last year. We are thinking of buying a tiller that I can use....not too big but one that will do the job. What do you suggest? Thank you.

by Joan Williams from Washington on May 28, 2011

A: Joan - if you are looking for something compact and lightweight that you are going to use primarily for weeding rather than tilling the soil, then either the Troy-Bilt TB146EC or the Mantis #7225 would be excellent choices. You will want something with front rotating tines, as these are more for cultivating and weeding than for tilling.
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: Does it require assembly? And if so, how much time is required to do so?
by Charlene K from Massachusetts on May 09, 2011

A: There will be minor assembly for shipping reasons, but very light. You would be putting together the handles.

Thanks,

Mowers Direct
by Robert, Product Expert

Q: What is the weight in lbs of the product selected? (2cycle gas tiller)?
by Stanley Hayes from Michigan on April 24, 2011

A: Thanks for your inquiry. the weight of this item is 20 lbs.
by Robert, Product Expert

Mantis 7225-00-02 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5
Pros
Light Weight (6)
Easy To Use (3)
Price (2)
Durable (2)
Easy To Store (2)
Cons
Expensive (2)
Unreliable (1)
Once I'm Past The Hassle... (1)
Impossible To Start (1)
Difficult To Use (1)
69% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
40 Reviews  Sort by 
 
David B.
Denver, CO
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
67 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
04
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Used To Be The Best, Now Not Worth Anything.
I bought a Mantis 15 years ago and loved it. The little guy powered through everything and did an excellent job. I do raised garden beds and this machine was perfect for those and I was easily able to go from clay soil to perfect garden beds after a few years.

Three years ago I bought another one, and relegated my old one to doing lawn dethatching. The new one worked fine the first year in my established garden but the second year started binding going through soft soil. I had it... more
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Doug T.
Rapid City, SD
Total Helpful Votes
37 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
10
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Mantis #2
I had a Mantis for 4 years that worked great, ran great and did not break any tines. All was well until my son in law borrowed it, forgot the on switch and couldn't get it started and decided to rewire it. (Bad idea)

Enter Mantis # 2 last fall. It arrived looking just like the old one but it was very, very difficult to start. Once started , it ran weakly but by feathering the throttle for 10 minutes, it worked and tilled very well. I did not use any alcohol fuel in it, mixed the most... more
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372
Carl P.
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
06
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Retired
Bought the tiller 3 years ago worked fine first year second year no go. Take to small engine shop varnished carburetor, busted primer bulb and tune up. Next year back to shop, no start, new carburetor another primer bulb and it goes like this every spring. So far I've spent more fixing it to run for an hour once a year than it cost to buy originally. Nothing but a hunk of junk to waste money on ..no more Mantis for me they're too expensive to maintain.
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383
Kirk
Total Helpful Votes
38 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
07
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Mantis Used To Be Good
I owned 2 and loved them. Effective and very reliable. My sister bought one a few years ago and it's a piece of trash. Never worked well from day 1. Always hard to start, usually impossible. The local 2-cycle repair guys are reluctant to work on them and HATE them. It's always possible my sister got a lemon, but the fact that they now are getting a reputation as "un-fixable" makes me think something has gone very wrong with manufacturing. At this point I don't much care, I... more
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383
Jeff
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
APR.
22
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Junk
I follow the instructions and each spring I need to buy a carburetor rebuild kit. This thing is junk. I have used all kinds of 2 cycle engines and this is by far the absolute worst. Buy another brand.
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310
Ray
Total Helpful Votes
30 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
07
2013
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Will Not Start
I happily used my Mantis 2-cycle tiller until 2 years ago. Now it will not start. I had it repaired at a Mantis approved shop for $95 and it still will not start. DO NOT BUY!
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300
Mill
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
26
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Fantastic Advertising Sells Lots! This Tiller Is Living Proof!
Worst tiller I have ever owned. I don't understand how it got a "best" status rating, unless the scale was wrong. If you have soil that is weed/grass free and loose, and dry, this would be a good tiller. But then you have to ask why you would need one!

It was difficult to start. After months of wrestling with it, and one replacement through Sears, I took it to a shop. The owner burst out laughing and said "Yeah. We get a lot of these". The choke is finicky, and... more
Pros: Durable, Light Weight
Cons: Difficult To Use, Poor Performance
Mill Does Not Recommend This Product
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315
Art A.
Bonham, TX
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mantis Tiller
I bough a maints tiller in 1987 and I am still using it to day in 2013.
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266
Brad
Total Helpful Votes
21 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
26
2014
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Very Hard To Start
These come from the factory needing major adjustments to run properly. After about an hour of tinkering could get it to idle but not throttle up. By it locally so you can return it.
Cons: Low Quality, Expensive, Impossible To Start
Brad Does Not Recommend This Product
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213
Stephen M.
Walla Walla, WA
Purchased from Tillers Direct
Purchased 10/10/14
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
31
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Hard Work
I love my Mantis tiller. It works my hard soil with ease. I can add compost and mix it into my soil and no more hand digging. This is the best purchase I have ever made. Not only does my Mantis tiller work hard it is also easy to start.
Stephen Recommends This Mantis Product
Stephen's Experience With Tillers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I had a Craftsman tiller that was useless. It was hard to start and just didn't get the job done."
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154
Sally
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
21
2015
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Can Never Start This Tiller
Since the day I bought the tiller it has been impossible to start. I had a Honda before this and it would start on the first pull in the spring. I have had this mantis tiller for more than 5 years and can never get it started. It takes my husband an hour of cussing to get it going the first of spring and even after the initial start. I can not get it going. It infuriates me.
Sally Does Not Recommend This Product
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