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chieffan

Tractorologist
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I use a Pollen, like the Mantis. Use it for weeding mostly. Had to put shields on the sides so it would not throw the dirt on the lettuce or cabbage heads. So far it has worked and held up good. Not near the quality or versatility as the Mantis though.
 

Shorty

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Got our peas planted today. Just 3 short rows. After JR came home from loading hogs, we went to a mower consignment auction. Huge crowd, so we looked around and went home. There are no bargains usually, so I didn't get a bidders number. Then a mower came thru with a smooth running Kohler. For $240- just my luck.... Swept stones out of the yard along the driveway until something went wonky and the drive mechanism no longer drove. Another thing to add to the to do list.
 

Toomanytoys84

Aaron
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How do you like the mantis? I keep thinking about trying a small tiller like that. I used a Troybilt horse growing up, so to go small is something new.
My dad bought it years ago. It's not technically a mantis brand, its a Craftsman. 25cc 2 stroke. It works great for its intended purpose.

I used it Saturday and mixed all the rabbit manure into the soil.
 

jabelman

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My dad bought it years ago. It's not technically a mantis brand, its a Craftsman. 25cc 2 stroke. It works great for its intended purpose.

I used it Saturday and mixed all the rabbit manure into the soil.
I am not a fan of the mantis, it's a loud screaming 2 stroke. They are light and bounce around. We got it a few years back for light tilling between the rows and boxes. Sometimes it's easier just to use a hand cultivator
 

Shorty

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Neighbors have a little 2 stroke roller. Wife does not like the sound of it, and the boys would run it weekly. She would be so impressed if I got one too.:oops:Sounds like I would be better off with a bigger one.
 

Shorty

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Last week we picked up a small tiller. I didn't try to figure out the age yet, but guessing from the 70's. Plans are to run til she blows apart. And then the tines will get swapped over to the big tiller.0608212010.jpg
 

dodge trucker

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I gotta get on my S16 too, it needs a little help. I haven't run that one yet this year. I wound up taking the snowblower off the GT 19 and putting the deck on it. That is the most work the 19 has had to do since I have had it.
Need to put the other deck onto my other GT19 and pull the tiller off, and give it a workout, too.
But really I need to work on the 16 and the NH and soon. I
quit running the 16 last year when it started dieseling badly. When I shut it down it'll keep running and running and running like a diesel and I have a hard time getting it to stop rolling. Sounds weird without the ignition on. I have had the head off within 100 hours (at very most) definitely shouldn't be Carboned up already. I'm hoping it'll be something easy like the points needing adjustment or worn out points pushrod. I did stick a battery in it earlier in the spring and tried to run it, it acted like way over advanced timing as it cranked. Points too close or worn out pushrod would retard the timing.
I didn't try hard or long to see if it would fire.
It ain't the battery cuz I then put that battery into my cub 129, which started right up and has, every week since.
 
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