Mantis 7225-00-02 Gas Tiller/Cultivator Review

Mantis 7225 Gas Tiller/Cultivator

Mantis 7225 Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator

If you want the extra power of a gas engine, but want a mini tiller that rivals the light weight and maneuverability of an electric model, then the Mantis 7225-00-02 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator may be your best bet. For more details about this very popular and highly-rated compact tiller, please continue reading.

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We like electric tillers for many reasons, one being that they are typically very lightweight, which makes them easy to use and maneuver in small, tight spaces. Of course, the usual tradeoff with electrics is that they don’t possess the same torque as a gas-powered cultivator. As a result, for heavy, dense, rocky and other difficult soils, including clay-based loams (especially when allowed to compact), an electric may not break up soils sufficiently.  In addition, in such conditions, especially in larger gardens, an electric may run out of cord or battery before the job is done.

Well, if you still want to retain the very light weight of an electric, but want the extra punch of gas power, then you might consider the Mantis 7225-00-02 2-Cycle Gas-Powered Tiller/Cultivator, for a few reasons.

First, the Mantis 7225 is fitted with a 21 cc 2-stroke gas engine generates more earth-moving power than an electric, but is still small enough to keep the unit very lightweight – only 20 pounds to be exact. This makes it very nimble and easy to control, especially for a gas cultivator.

In addition, this little tiller has a 9-inch cultivating width and is fitted with particularly aggressive “serpentine” tines that not only look menacing, but are very effective at working soil down to 10 inches in depth, especially in tight spaces and between raised beds. Moreover, the unit’s tines are backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Thirdly, the Mantis 7225 is extremely well-made, with a very durable one-piece gearbox. In fact, because it’s been around for quite some time, this model’s long track record of predominantly 5-star satisfaction ratings confirm that it’s very reliable and built to last a very long time. This is definitely a big plus for anyone considering a mini gas tiller for routine use and/or commercial purposes.

Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks of the Mantis 7225 is that it’s smaller engine and ultra-lightweight design make it less able to penetrate compacted, hardened clay soils compared to other mini gas tillers, like the heavier and stronger Powerhorse Mini Cultivator for example. As a result, the Mantis may simply run over the top of such ground rather than digging into it, as it’s supposed to. On the other hand, if your garden is loamy and sandy, rather than predominantly clay-based, or is tilled routinely, this is probably not a concern.

One other con of the Mantis is its substantial price tag relative to other mini tillers. For example, the Mantis is currently selling for roughly $150 more than the Powerhouse Mini we recently reviewed. However, when the Mantis’ long track record of reliability/durability is considered, we think that this additional upfront price is not unreasonable.  Just remember, because it uses a 2-cycle engine, be sure not to forget to add the oil to the fuel as instructed by the operating manual!

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