Electric Mini Tiller/Cultivator
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Electric tiller, and it will not run ?
I would check the cord that you plug into.
You must remove the plastic housing, by removing the screws.
Next look at the plug, is it in good shape, has anything been pulled out of it ?
The motor brushes should also be inspected.
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If there is no spark, this indicates that the spark plug is defective and should be replaced.
If the rotary tiller still doesn`t start:
Check that the fuel tank isn`t empty: if necessary, add fuel. The fuel must be fresh, of good quality and clean: make sure that no dirt, water or incompatible fuel (such as petrol-oil mixture, if the engine is a 4-stroke) gets into the tank.
One of the most common problems, especially because rototillers often sit unused for months, is stale fuel or a clogged carburetor. If you know you have fresh fuel, you can check for carburetor blockage by spraying a small amount of carb cleaner into the intake and attempting to start the engine.
The model number on a Mantis tiller can be found on a white label, located on top of the engine housing. The model number will be located at the bottom of the label in the “Item#” field. Enter the model number of your Mantis below to search for parts.
Mantis Tiller/Cultivator. This lightweight, compact, and versatile small tiller does the work of tillers twice its size, tearing through the hardest soil in minutes. This tough little tiller has been empowering gardeners around the world since 1980.
If the wheels on your tiller move but the tines don`t spin, you may need to replace tine shaft clevis pins or replace the transmission. The tiller`s transmission drives the wheels and the tine shaft, so you`ll likely need to replace the transmission when the wheels spin but the tine shaft doesn`t move.
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Starts and runs but tines won’t turn
Check for a damaged gear or shear pin
Where is the spark plug located won't start – Mantis 4-Cycle Tiller
Try looking for the plug wire and follow it in. Should be coming out of the flywheel shroud on top of the engine. Good luck.
Wont start flooding – Mantis Tiller
Iwould start out by checking to make sure you have spark. If you do you likley have a fuel problem. have you ever replaced the carbureator or had it rebuilt?
Mantis tiller idle screw adjustment – Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller
Start out with 1.5 turns on High speed jdet and 1/2 turn on the low speed. Make sure plug is not wet, better yet install a new one. Clean, fresh fuel and give it a pull.
My Mantis Tiller won’t start and there is grinding type noise when I try and start it. I recently did some very lengthy trench digging over a period of about 2 months.
It sounds like the clutch springs may be overheated and the clutch shoes rub while you try to start it.If you loosten the screw that holds the engine to the gear box you can try to start it without the clutch and see if that is it.Good luck
Does not run, will start with starting fluid – Mantis 2-Cycle Tiller
You should never use starting fluid on this model.
Add a couple of ounces of 100% acetone (available at Walmart) to some fresh fuel. Attempt to start for several pulls. Let sit for several minutes and repeat until it sounds like it wants to run.
Then watch this video and do it:
Tines continue to work with out touching safety or throttle. they engage as soon as I start the engine.
Remove H (high) L (low) plastic caps to allow you to further adjust the flow and you will be going. H (red) further out about 11 threads exposed and L (low) about 8 exposed; adjusting the low side will stop the tines, but remove tines before making any adjustments, thanks
When I Start Mantis Tilleer it starts in gear ( tines are turning)
The Mantis has a speed controlled automatic clutch.
Lower the idle speed by turning the idle screw counter clockwise. The idle screw is attached where the throttle cable meet the carb. The screw has a pointed end that resembles a pencil point.
The engine speed should be adjusted just above stalling.
If the tines turn even when the engine pull rope is pulled, the the clutch is defective and needs repairing.