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OPERATOR / PARTS MANUAL
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller
7566
IMPORTANT!
Assembly Instructions Start on Page 7!
Please review the Warning & Safety Information on Pages 4-6
and the Assembly Instructions before unpacking the box.
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Welcome to the World of Mantis Gardening
Here’s your new MANTIS® Deluxe XP Tiller . . . the lightweight wonder
that is making gardening easier.
Unlike big tillers, your MANTIS® Deluxe XP Tiller weighs only 36.3
pounds (16.5 kg) and is like no other. So it lifts easily, handles
smoothly, tills and weeds precisely. And, unlike other small tillers, it
features dual serpentine tines that churn soil to ten inches deep. It
creates a soft, smooth seed bed, even in problem soil.
Attention Mantis Product Owners!
Get maintenance tips for your Mantis
product on our web site at mantis.com
It’s bigger than a mini tiller and better than a bigger tiller!
Once you know how to use your tiller correctly, we guarantee you’ll
love it. So first, please read this manual. It shows, step by step, how
to use your tiller safely.
If you have questions about any topic in this Manual, contact your
local Mantis dealer, or call 1-800-366-6268 toll free, Monday – Friday,
8:00am to 5:00pm, Eastern Time.
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IMPORTANT MESSAGE
Thank you for purchasing this Mantis® product from Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. You have purchased a world class product, one of the
best designed and built anywhere.
This machine comes with Operation and Safety instructions, Parts and Service instructions and Engine instructions. The useful life and
good service you receive from this machine depends to a large extent on how well you read and understand this manual. Treat your
machine properly, lubricate and adjust it as instructed, and it will give you many years of reliable service.
Your safe use of this Mantis® product is one of our prime design objectives. Many safety features are built in, but we also rely on your
good sense and care to achieve accident-free operation. For best protection, study the manual thoroughly. Learn the proper operation
of all controls. Observe all safety precautions. Follow all instructions and warnings completely. Do not remove or defeat any safety
features. Make sure those who operate this machine are as well informed and careful in its use as you are.
See an authorized Mantis® dealer for any service or parts needed. This service ensures that you continue to receive the best results
possible from your tiller. You can trust Mantis® replacement parts because they are manufactured with the same high precision and
quality as the original parts.
Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. designs and builds its equipment to serve many years in a safe and productive manner. For longest life,
use this machine only as directed in the manual, keep it in good repair and follow safety warnings and instructions. You’ll always be
glad you did.
Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.
1028 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966-4217
PHONE (800) 366-6268 • FAX (215) 956-3855
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PAGE
Safety Rules & Warnings
Special Safety Information������������������������������������� 4
Safety & Warnings������������������������������������������������� 4
Safety Decal Information������������������������������������4-5
Warning Dos or Don’ts����������������������������������������5-6
Engine/Fuel Warning Dos or Don’ts���������������������� 6
Assembly���������������������������������������������������������������� 7
Lower Handle�����������������������������������������������������8-9
Kickstand��������������������������������������������������������������� 9
Upper Handle Assembly��������������������������������� 10-11
Upper Handle Positioning������������������������������������ 11
PAGE
Fueling & Starting
Fueling/Oil & Starting������������������������������������������� 12
Corrective Action������������������������������������������������� 13
Operation��������������������������������������������������������13-16
Transport����������������������������������������������������������� 16
Storage���������������������������������������������������������������� 17
Maintenance��������������������������������������������������18-20
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller AssemblY�������22-23
TroubleShooting��������������������������������������������� 24
EPA��������������������������������������������������������������������������� 25
Limited Warranty Information��� Back Page
This Operator / Parts Manual is part of the machine. Suppliers of both new and
second-hand machines must make sure that this manual is provided with the
machine.
Contact us at mantis.com or Your Local Authorized Mantis® Dealer
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Safety Rules & Warnings
You will notice throughout this Owners Manual Safety Rules and Important Notes. Make sure you understand and obey these
warnings for your own protection.
I. Special Safety Information
Attention: This symbol points out our
important safety instructions.
When you see this symbol,
heed it’s warning!! Stay alert!!
To reduce the potential for accidents, comply
with the safety instructions in this manual.
Failure to comply may result in serious
personal injury, and/or equipment
and property damage.
II. Safety & Warnings
Improper use or care of this tiller or failure to wear
proper protection can result in serious injury.
Read and understand the rules for safe
operation and all instructions in this manual.
Wear hearing and eye protection.
The engine exhaust from this product contains
chemicals known to the State of California to cause
cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
III. Safety Decal Information
An important part of the safety system incorporated in this tiller are the warning and information decals found on various parts of
the tiller. These decals must be replaced in time due to abrasion, etc. It is your responsibility to replace these decals when they
become hard to read.
P/N 400631
P/N 430057
Do not reach your fingers
and\or hands in between
the tine blades
Cutting hazard; keep
feet and hands away
from rotating tines.
Always remove the outer
tines before removing the
inner tines
P/N 400635
4
Do not carry
the tiller in this
position.
Wear ear
and eye
Protection.
Read owner’s manual before
using tiller, or performing any
repair or maintenance. Keep
owners manual in a safe place.
Caution: when assembling
the handles, make sure
fuel tank faces away from
operator. This is the rear of
the tiller, refer to assembly
instruction on page 10-11.
Don’t operate
indoors
Don’t fuel, refuel,
or check fuel while
smoking, or near an
open flame or other
ignition source.
Incorrect assembly.
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Safety Rules & Warnings
If the tiller is used improperly or safety precautions
are not followed, the users risk serious injury
to themselves and others.
Read and understand this manual before
attempting to operate this tiller.
IV. Warnings - Dos
Read and understand the owner’s manual.
Pay particular attention to all sections
regarding safety.
1. Always keep a firm grip on both handles
while the tines are moving and/or the
engine is running. BE AWARE!! The
tines may coast after throttle trigger is
released. Make sure tines have come to
a complete stop and engine is off before
letting go of the tiller.
2. Always maintain a firm footing and
good balance. Do not overreach while
operating the tiller. Before you start to
use the tiller check the work area for
obstacles that might cause you to lose
your footing, balance or control of the
machine.
3. Thoroughly inspect the area where
equipment is to be used and remove
all objects, which can be thrown by the
machine.
4. Always keep area clear of children,
pets, and bystanders.
5. A
lways stay alert. Watch what you are
doing and use common sense. Do not
operate unit when fatigued.
6. A
lways dress properly. Do not wear
loose clothing or jewelry, they might
get caught in moving parts. Use sturdy
Operation of this equipment may create sparks
that can start fires around dry vegetation. A spark
arrestor is installed. The operator should contact
local fire agencies for laws or regulations relating
to fire prevention requirements.
gloves. Gloves reduce the transmission
of vibration to your hands. Prolonged
exposure to vibration can cause
numbness and other ailments.
7. While working, always wear substantial
footwear and long trousers. Do not
operate the equipment when barefoot or
wearing open sandals.
8. Always wear ear and eye protection.
Eye protection must meet applicable CE
requirements. To avoid hearing damage,
we recommend hearing protection be
worn whenever using the equipment.
9. To reduce fire hazard, keep the
engine, and petrol/gas storage area free
of vegetative material and excessive
grease.
10. Start the engine carefully, according to
the manufacturer’s instructions and with
feet well away from tool(s).
11. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight
to be sure the equipment is in safe
working condition.
15. Exercise extreme caution when
changing direction on slopes.
16. Always keep a safe distance between
two or more people when working
together.
17. A
lways inspect your unit before each
use. Keep all knobs, nuts, bolts and
screws tight to be sure the equipment
is in safe working condition.
18. Before using your tiller, always visually
inspect to see that the tools are not
worn or damaged. Replace worn or
damaged elements and bolts in sets to
preserve balance.
19. Always maintain and examine your
Tiller with care. Follow maintenance
instructions given in manual.
20. Always store tiller in a sheltered area
(a dry place), not accessible to children.
The tiller as well as fuel should not be
stored in a house.
12. Use extreme caution when reversing
or pulling the machine towards you.
21. Always keep in mind that the operator
or user is responsible for accidents or
hazards occurring to other people or
their property.
13. Work only in daylight or good
artificial light.
22. Always remove the outer set of tines
before removing the inner set of tines.
14. Always be sure of your footing on
slopes.
V. Warnings - Don’ts
Don’t use tiller with one hand. Keep
both hands on handles with fingers and
thumbs encircling the handles, while
tines are moving, and engine
is running.
Don’t overreach. Keep a good footing at
all times.
Don’t run with the machine, walk.
Don’t work on excessively steep slopes.
Don’t attempt to clear tines while they
are moving. Never try to remove jammed
material before switching the engine off
and making sure the tines have stopped
completely.
Don’t let others operate tiller without
proper training.
Do not stand in front of tiller when tines
are rotating.
Don’t allow children, incapable people or
people unfamiliar with these instructions
to use the machine. Local regulations
can restrict the age of operator.
Don’t operate while under the influence
of alcohol or drugs.
Contact us at mantis.com or Your Local Authorized Mantis® Dealer
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Safety Rules & Warnings
V. Warnings - Don’ts (continued)
Don’t attempt to repair this tiller. Have
repairs made by a qualified dealer or
repairman. See that only original Mantis
parts are used.
Don’t operate tiller with tines having the
3 rods extending from end without having
second set of tines attached. Failure
to have tines in place will damage tine
assembly.
Do not reach you fingers and\or hands
in between the tine blades.
Do not attempt to remove the inner tines
before removing the outer tines.
Handle fuel with care, it is highly flammable. Fueling a hot engine or near an ignition source can
cause a fire and result in serious personal injury and/or property damage.
VI. Engine/Fuel Warnings - Dos
Always use fresh gasoline. Stale
gasoline can cause damage.
Always store fuel in containers
specifically designed for this purpose.
Always add fuel before starting
the engine.
Always replace all fuel tank and
container caps securely.
Always pull starter cord slowly until
resistance is felt to avoid kickback and
prevent arm or hand injury.
Always operate engine with spark
arrestor installed and operating properly.
The use of spark arrestor mufflers is
required by law in the state of California
(Section 4442 of the California Public
Resources Code), as well as in other
states or municipalities. Federal laws
apply on federal lands.
Stop the engine whenever you leave
the machine and before refueling. Allow
the engine to cool before storing in any
enclosure. Replace worn or damaged
parts for safety.
If the fuel tank needs to be drained, this
should be done outdoors.
VII. Engine/Fuel Warnings - Don’ts
Never pick up or carry a machine while
the engine is running.
Don’t fuel, refuel or check fuel while
smoking, or near an open flame or other
ignition source. Stop engine and be sure
it is cool before refueling.
Don’t leave the engine running while the
tiller is unattended. Stop the engine when
carrying out maintenance and cleaning
operations, when changing tools and
when being transported by means other
than under its own power.
Never remove the cap of the fuel tank or
add petrol while the engine is running or
when the engine is hot.
Don’t refuel, start or run this tiller indoors
or in an improperly ventilated area.
Don’t run engine when electrical system
6
causes spark outside the cylinder. During
periodical checks of the spark plug, keep
plug a safe distance from cylinder to
avoid burning of evaporated fuel from
cylinder.
Don’t check for spark with spark plug
or plug wire removed. Use an approved
tester.
Don’t crank engine with spark plug
removed unless spark plug wire is
disconnected. Sparks can ignite fumes.
Don’t run engine when the odor of gasoline
is present or other explosive conditions exist.
Do not attempt to start the engine if
petrol is spilled, but move the machine
away from the area of spillage and avoid
creating any source of ignition until petrol
vapors have dissipated.
Don’t operate your tiller if there is an
accumulation of debris around the
muffler, and cooling fins. To reduce the
fire hazard, keep the engine and petrol
storage area free of vegetative material
and excessive grease.
Don’t touch hot mufflers, cylinders
or cooling fins as contact may cause
serious burns.
Don’t change the engine governor
setting or over speed the engine.
Don’t attempt to remove spark plug while
engine is hot. Removing a spark plug
from a hot engine can cause irreparable
damage to the engine and will void your
warranty.
Don’t use starter fluids as they will cause
permanent engine damage.
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Assembly
A
W2
V2
C
M
N
D
Improper assembly of this tiller can result in serious injury. Make
sure to follow all instructions carefully. If you have any questions,
contact our factory at 1-800-366-6268 or an authorized Mantis dealer.
W1
V1
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Bag Contents
K
I
Q
G
P
Z
F
R
E
L
G,H, J, P, Q,
R, S,T, X, U
X
What comes in the box
Key
Qty.
Part No.
Description
A
1
N/A
Transmission and Engine Assembly
B
1
430023
Loop Handle, Right Half
C
1
430022
Loop Handle, Left Half
D
1
430025
Foam Grip
E
1
430051
Lower Handle with Plug, Right
F
1
430050
Lower Handle with Plug, Left
G
2
4049
Bolt 1/4-20 X 3.25”
H
6
972
1/4-20 Two-Way Lock Nut
I
1
430049
Carry Handle with Grip
J
4
144-2
1/4-20 X 1.125” Hex Head Cap Screws
K
1
430004
Trigger Handle Assembly, 4-Cycle Engine, Right
L
1
430006
Handle Assembly, Left
M
1
430053
Middle Handle with Plug, Right
N
1
430052
Middle Handle with Plug, Left
O
1
430021
Handle Brace
P
2
430038
Knob, 1/4-20 X 1.5 Male
Q
4
400523
Knob, Two Prongs, Female
R
2
430039
Carriage Bolt, 1/4-20 X 2.25”
S
2
430048
Curved Head Bolt, 1/4-20 X 2”
T
2
395
Acorn Nut
U
2
478
Throttle Clip
V-1
1
400328
Tine Assembly, Outer Right
V-2
1
400327
Tine Assembly, Outer Left
W-1
1
400330
Tine Assembly, Inner Right
W-2
1
400329
Tine Assembly, Inner Left
X
2
418-1
Tine Retaining Pins
Y
1
410158
Kickstand, Stand Assembly
Z
1
430037
Kickstand, Bracket and Hardware
S
J
U
T
H
Congratulations! You have just purchased a super high-quality
product, the Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller/Cultivator.
This manual will show you how to Assemble, Start, Operate,
Transport, Store and Maintain your tiller. The Mantis® Deluxe
XP Tiller/Cultivator is designed to bring you years of solid,
reliable performance.
What You Will Need
to Assemble the Tiller
Prior to removing the contents and assembling, it is important to:
• Have a clean work area
• A ratchet wrench with
an extension
• Make sure all necessary
tools are handy
• A 7/16” socket
• You will need a 7/16”
• A 3/8” socket or
crescent wrench
crescent wrench
Contact us at mantis.com or Your Local Authorized Mantis® Dealer
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Assembly
Let’s Begin
• With the box upright, open the box and remove insert.
• Remove second cardboard insert and all loose parts
that are at the top of the tillers cradle.
• Lay the box on the side and open the bottom flaps.
• Return the box to an upright position and pull the box
straight up.
• Right throttle handle attached to tiller assembly with
installed tines will be in the box cradle.
• Lay everything out so you can easily identify the parts
(see parts image and list on page 7).
Lower Handle Assembly
1
2
• For ease of assembly and stability it
is important that you keep the engine
assembly in its cardboard cradle.
4
• Open cradle by pulling sides apart.
5
• Line up the holes of the right loop
handle with the holes of the lower
right handle.
• Slide the two 3.25” bolts through
the hole.
8
3
• Slide the foam grip onto the right
loop handle.
6
• Position this assembly onto the
recessed channels below the engine.
• Slide the lower left handle onto
the bolts.
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Assembly
Lower Handle Assembly (continued)
8
7
9
• Slide loop handle through bolts
and over top lower left handle,
then take two lock nuts and
fasten them finger tight.
• Slide the left loop handle into the
foam grip and right loop handle.
• Place the carry handle between the
lower handles and line up the holes
• Place two of the 1.125” bolts through
holes with hex head on inside of carry
handle and with two lock nuts fasten
them tight with wrench and socket.
11
10
• Use the 7 /16” wrenches and socket
to tighten the rest of the handle bolts.
• At this point, your Mantis® Deluxe XP
Tiller should look like this when lower
handle assembly is complete.
Kickstand Assembly
1
2
3
• Position the kickstand bracket
just above the bend of the lower
handles. The stamped arrow
should be pointing up.
• Position the kickstand under the
lower handles, line up the holes
and thread the kickstand bracket
bolts into the kickstand.
• Tighten with the 3/8” crescent
wrench.
• Your Mantis® Deluxe XP
Tiller will look like this when
lower handle assembly and
kickstand is complete.
Contact us at mantis.com or Your Local Authorized Mantis® Dealer
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Assembly
Upper Handle Assembly
1
• To assemble the upper handles,
first put the kickstand down.
4
7
3
2
• Layout the middle and upper handles
and the handle brace as shown above.
5
• Take the right upper handle, the
one with the throttle, and slide it
between the middle handle and the
lower flange of the brace.
• Line up the top holes of the upper
handles with the holes on the top of
the brace so the handles are in the
lowest position.
6
• Insert a curved head bolt into the
slot at the bottom of the upper
handle so that it comes out the
top of the middle handle.
8
• Insert the round knob into the
brace and tighten.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Make sure you have installed the handles properly. When you stand behind your tiller, holding the
handles, the fender warning label should face you.
• Take the right middle handle and
attach the brace using a hex head
cap screw and a 2-way lock nut.
Finger tighten.
• Repeat for left side.
• Thread a 2-pronged knob onto
the bolt two full turns while leaving
it loose.
• Repeat for left side.
9
• Now fully tighten the lower
2-prong knobs.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Be sure you have proper throttle movements and that the throttle
cable is not wrapped or twisted around the handle bar. Hold down
the lockout lever, fully squeeze the throttle trigger and let go.
Engine throttle triangle must click in both directions. If there is
any doubt, remove air filter and visually check that the throttle
triangle hits both the idle screw and the full open stop. THIS
MUST BE DONE BEFORE STARTING THE ENGINE.
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Assembly
Upper Handle Assembly (continued)
10
11
• With a 7/16 in. wrench and socket,
tighten the nuts and bolts that hold
the brace onto the handles.
13
12
• Insert the carriage bolts into the
bottom holes of the upper handles
then through the top holes of the
lower handles.
14
• Lift the upper handles until they line
up with the lower handles and fully
tighten the knobs at the pivot point.
• Loosely thread the other 2-pronged
knobs onto the carriage bolts.
15
• Cap the exposed bolts with the acorn
nuts and tighten with your 7/16”
wrench until snug. Do not over tighten.
Upper Handle Positioning
• Attach the throttle cable clips to
the upper and lower handles.
Make sure the cable is not
wrapped or twisted and you have
the proper throttle movement.
* See important notes listed below.
2
1
• Adjust your handle height by loosening the
upper 2-prong knobs and removing the
round knobs then sliding the upper handles
to the desired position.
• Then re-insert the round knobs and
re-tighten the 2-prong knobs.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Improper Throttle installation can cause tines to rotate unexpectedly.
Before you use your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller, read
the Safety Rules & Warnings on pages 4-6
Contact us at mantis.com or Your Local Authorized Mantis® Dealer
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Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Fueling & Starting
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Fueling and Oil
IMPORTANT!
It is normal for your 4-stroke engine to smoke for the first
minute or two of operation, however it is not necessary
for this to occur every time. This is a result of the oil being
pulled through the engine for lubrication.
• Rock the tiller forward so
that it rests on its front loop
handle.
• It is important to position the
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller as
shown in Figure 1 so the oil
will properly fill the crankcase.
Failure to do so will cause
Figure 1
engine damage.
• Remove the oil plug.
• Pour in the bottle of pre-measured, Mantis approved, 4-cycle
engine oil.
• Always check the oil level before each use. The oil level
should reach the inner first thread of the reservoir. Do not
overfill.
• Replace the oil plug.
• Then return the unit to the upright position and put the
kickstand down.
Fueling your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller/Cultivator is easy.
Unscrew the gas cap and fill the tank about four-fifths of the
way up with 89 octane unleaded gasoline. And remember,
always drain the gas when transporting the unit from one
location to another.
Do not operate the engine in a confined
space where dangerous carbon monoxide
fumes can collect.
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Starting Only
Starting the engine for the first time, or “cold
starting”, is easy.
• First, make sure the start/stop switch, located
on the throttle handle, is in the start position,
which is indicated by the “I” symbol.
• Close the choke by moving the choke lever to
the up position.
Switch on
• Press the primer bulb approximately 6 times until the bulb is
filled with gas. Once it is filled, press it two more times.
• Pull the starter cord lightly until you feel resistance and then
give it a short, brisk pull. Your tiller should start immediately.
Do not pull the cord all the way out and do not let it snap back
into the starter housing.
• Once it is running, open the choke. Ensure the lever is fully down
• To stop the engine, simply push the start/stop switch to the
stop position “O.”
• To start a warm engine, follow the same procedure. Except
now you can leave the choke lever in the down position and
there is no need to pump the primer bulb.
• Before using the tiller, let the engine run for a minute to warm
up. And before shutting it down, let the engine run briefly to
cool down.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Check the oil level in the engine before each use. If
oil is low see your 4-Stroke Tiller Engine Manual and
information above for details.
Never use starting fluids as they will cause permanent
engine damage. Using them will void the warranty.
Before you use the tiller, read the Safety & Warning
rules on pages 4-6.
Fuel is extremely flammable. Handle it with
care. Keep away from ignition sources. Do not
smoke while fueling your equipment
Avoid accidental blade engagement.
Do not squeeze the throttle trigger when starting. Maintain proper idle speed adjustment (2500-3100 rpm)
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Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Fueling & Starting
Corrective Action
If you suspect the engine is
overfilled the following procedure
should remove the excess oil from
the crankcase and valve cover.
If the engine is overfilled, oil will
enter the crankcase and it does
not simply pour out of the oil fill
opening. The excessive oil has
to be pumped out as the engine
runs. Checking the oil level and
draining any excess between
multiple 30 second running
intervals will bring the oil back to
the proper level.
1. Place the engine on a level
surface resting flat on the front
loop handle and remove the
oil fill cap/dipstick. Use a catch
basin for any oil that overflows
from the oil fill opening.
2. Replace the oil fill cap/
dipstick and run the engine
for approximately 30 seconds
then repeat step one. Continue
steps 1 & 2 until oil no longer
overflows when the oil fill cap/
dipstick is removed.
3. Once the oil level is corrected
the engine may continue
to smoke while running for
several minutes while the
residual oil burns off.
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Proper
Oil Fill/Level Check Position
This position does
not allow for a
proper oil level
reading and may
cause overfilling.
Engine must be resting on a flat surface on
the fuel tank
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Operation
If engine does not stop when switch is put in the stop position, release the throttle, allow engine to idle.
Put the tiller down, and slide the choke lever to the cold start (closed) position. Have product serviced.
A Special Feature
(With the idle set properly and the
engine running)
Even when the engine is running, the
tines won’t turn unless you squeeze
the throttle trigger on the handlebars.
And, when you release the throttle
trigger, the tines will stop.
A Tip for Extending
Your Engine’s Life
Figure 1
After you start the engine, let your
tiller warm up for two to three
minutes before you use it. Then,
before you put your tiller away, let it
idle for a minute to give the engine a
chance to cool down.
Operation
With engine running, and both hands
on the handles, hold down the
throttle lock out lever (Figure 1),
then squeeze the throttle trigger
gradually to increase the engine
speed and engage the tines.
NOTE: This step must be repeated
each time your tiller trigger is
released.
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Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Operation
Figure 1
Figure 2
Figure 3
Read the instructions carefully. Be
familiar with the controls and the
proper use of the equipment.
Now You’re Ready
to Use Your MANTIS®
Deluxe XP Tiller.
If you’ve seen other tillers, your Mantis®
Deluxe XP Tiller may surprise you. It tills
best when you pull it backward! You see,
when you pull your Mantis® Deluxe XP
Tiller backward, you give extra resistance
to the tines, so they dig deeper.
(Figure 1)
In addition, when you go backward,
you erase your footprints. So your soil
stays light and fluffy. With other tillers,
by contrast, you walk right over the soil
you’ve just tilled, packing it down, so it’s
less plantable.
Run Your MANTIS® Deluxe
XP Tiller like a Vacuum
Cleaner
Place your Tiller at the head of the row
or area you want to till. Start it up. Then
use an easy rocking motion. First, pull
your Tiller backward. Then use an easy
rocking motion. Again, pull your Tiller
backward. Then, let it move forward just
a little bit. Then pull it backward again.
This will help you till deeper.
Keep repeating these steps until you’ve
tilled an entire row. Start again on the
next row. It’s much like running a vacuum
cleaner! (Figure 2)
You Can Even Control Depth.
For Deeper Tilling:
Move your Tiller slowly back and forth, as
you would a vacuum cleaner. Work the
same area over and over until you’ve dug
to your desired depth. (Figure 3)
For Shallow Tilling:
Switch the tines to the cultivating
If your tines get jammed or entangled, shut off the
engine at once. Remove the obstruction while the
engine is off. Never try to remove an obstruction while
the engine is running. Serious injury can result.
position. (See page 15 to learn how.)
Then move your Tiller quickly over your
soil surface.
For Big Weeds or Tough Roots:
Let your Tiller rock back and forth over
the tough spot, until the tines slice
through the weed or root.
Your MANTIS® Deluxe XP Tiller
Handles Special Tilling Projects:
Want to turn part of your lawn into a
colorful flower border? Your Mantis®
Deluxe XP Tiller makes it easy! Just run
your Tiller back and forth until the sod
begins to break up. Then continue tilling.
Your Tiller will chop the clumps of sod
until they’re fine. Then, it will work them
into the soil. Pretty soon, you’ll have a
soft, fresh planting bed.
The operator of this tiller is responsible for
accidents or hazards occurring to himself,
other people or their property.
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Makes Weeding a Pleasure!
As a tiller, your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller
works the soil down to 10” (25 cm) deep.
But, as a cultivator, it gently cultivates
the surface, only 2” to 3” (5 cm to 8 cm)
deep.
First, you must switch the tines to the
weeding, cultivating position. This takes
less than a minute.
Then, your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller’s
sharp “tine teeth” will slice up those
pesky weeds, burying them as you
go along. And, since the tines in this
position won’t dig too deep, they won’t
hurt your plants’ precious root systems.
The result? Your Tiller will cut your
weeding time in half, and turn a tiresome
chore into a pleasure.
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Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Operation
How to Switch From Tilling to Cultivating Position
1.First, you will need to understand that
your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller has an
inner and an outer set of tines on each
side of the tiller as shown in Figure 1.
2. Make sure the tiller is turned off.
3. R
emove the retaining pins from the
outer set of tines (Figure 2) and
remove the outer tines.
4. O
nly after you have removed the outer
set of tines, then remove the retaining
pins from the inner tines and remove
the inner tines from the transmission
axle (Figure 3)
5. Place the right-side set of inner tines
onto the left-side. The “D” shaped
hole should be to the outside. Make
sure the tine retaining pin is installed.
Repeat for the other side
6. Place the right side set of outer tines
onto the left-side axle. The “D” shaped
hole should be to the outside and
insert the tine retaining pin. Repeat for
the other side.
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller also has
the ability to till or cultivate at either a 9”
or 16” width. The tiller is sent to you set
up for 16”. To run the tiller at a 9” width,
Figure 1
Figure 2
simply remove the inner and outer tines
as noted above. Then just put the outer
tines back onto the transmission axle and
secure with a retaining pin on each side.
DO NOT reach your fingers and/or
hand between the tine blades.
DO NOT attempt to remove the
inner set of tines until you have
first removed the outer set of tines.
Figure 3
Inner Tines
Outer Tines
Tilling
Cultivating
IMPORTANT:
To change the tines on your Mantis®
Deluxe XP Tiller, push the tiller
forward and allow it to rest on the
loop handle.
Handles
Handles
Tine
Rotation
Tine
Rotation
Tine Teeth
Tine Teeth
Back
Front
To set them for tilling, attach the tines
so the points of the blades face forward
- away from the operator. The tines’
points will contact the ground first.
Back
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Front
For cultivating, reverse the tines
so that the points of the tines face
backward - toward the operator. Now
the long flat part of the tine’s blade
will contact the ground first.
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Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Operation
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Can Weed Between Rows!
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller is a
precision weeder that can easily fit in
tight places. So don’t be afraid to weed
anywhere: between plants and shrubs, in
corners, against fences, on raised beds,
in wide rows, even in very narrow rows.
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller weeds
six* to nine inches wide. So you can
run it in a tightly planted garden without
damaging your delicate plants. That’s
good news for suburban gardeners, who
often have to plant rows close together!
To do this you must take off the tine
assemblies (both sides) and replace
with only the outer set of tines. Do not
operate with only the inner set of tines.
Damage will occur using this set of tines.
*With optional Planter Furrower attachment. (Item #6222)
Cleaning the TInes
If you have a “backyard jungle,” first use
a knife, pruner, or brush cutter to chop
up the overgrowth. If the tines become
tangled anyway, turn the engine off
completely before trying to clear them.
From time to time, you may want to
remove the tines to get them completely
clean. To do this, please follow steps 1-4
as noted under “How to Switch From
Tilling to Cultivating Position” on page
15. Then, you can remove any weeds,
stones, or mud from the tines. As always,
please be sure to remove the outer tines
before removing the inner tines. Also,
do not reach your fingers and\or hand in
between the tine blades. When finished,
simply return the tines to their starting
positions.
The optional Tine Detangler (Item #1322)
will clear tines in a jiffy. Contact your
local authorized Mantis® dealer or call
1-800-366-6268 to order.
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Transportation
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Transportation
Transporting your tiller is easy.
It’s light enough and easy to carry
using the carrying handle as seen
in Figure 1.
Or, with it running, you can walk
it by gently squeezing the throttle
until it moves at a comfortable
Figure 1
Figure 2
pace seen in Figure 2.
Your tiller is easily transported in
the back of a car or truck. Be sure
to empty the fuel tank (This is
crucial)! Then stow your tiller in the
trunk of your car or truck.
Never store the equipment with Fuel in the tank or inside
a building where fumes can accumulate and breach an
open flame or spark
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Tiller Storage
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller Storage
Do not store in an area where
fuel fumes may accumulate
and reach a flame or spark.
Each fall, or before you store your
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller for any long
period, be sure to take these measures:
1. D
o not store your tiller with fuel still in
it. Even under ideal conditions, stored
fuel containing ethanol or MTBE can
start to go stale in 30 days. And, since
stale fuel has a high gum content, it
can clog the carburetor, this, in turn,
will restrict fuel flow. Therefore, when
you’re ready to store your tiller, or will
not be using it for more than 2 weeks,
drain the fuel tank completely.
2. N
ext, restart the engine to make
sure no fuel is left in the carburetor.
Then, run the engine until it stops. This
will prevent gum deposits, forming
inside of the carburetor
and possible engine damage.
3. Disconnect spark plug wire and
remove the spark plug. Slowly
pull the starter cord once.
4. Inspect the spark plug, and if
necessary, clean it. If you need to
replace it, buy a NGK-CMR5H.
5. Install the spark plug, but leave the
spark plug wire disconnected.
6. Clean the air filter as directed in your
4-Stroke Engine Manual.
7. Wipe the tines with oil or spray them
with WD-40, to prevent rusting.
8. Oil the throttle cable and all visible
moving parts. (Do not remove the
engine cover.)
9. Check the grease level in the worm
gear housing as described on page 19.
10. Store your tiller in an upright position
in a clean, dry place. You can store
with the handles in an extended
position (Figure 1) or folded down
(Figure 2).
To fold the handles down, simply
loosen the lower 2-pronged knobs
until you can pivot the upper
handles down.
11. To fold the handles, follow these
easy steps: Loosen the handle knobs
(#40) then fold the handles forward.
Tighten knob securely. Your handles
are now folded and ready to store in
a smaller area.
12. Do you have fuel left over from last
season? Dispose of it properly. Buy
fresh oil and gasoline next season.
13. Remove tilling tines or attachments
and lightly oil tine shaft at least once
a year.
IMPORTANT:
It is important to store your
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller in an
upright position. Laying the Tiller
on its side will cause the oil to
leak out of the engine through the
air cleaner case.
IMPORTANT:
Avoid any orientation that places
the top cover (engine head) down
-this may allow oil from the crankcase to enter the combustion
chamber and cause hard starting
or a locked piston.
Figure 1
Figure 2
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Tiller Maintenance
Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller
Basic Maintenance
Air Filter
Your Mantis® Deluxe XP Tiller will require
some basic maintenance to keep it
performing year after year.
If you are storing your tiller for the season
or longer than 30 days it is very important
to empty the fuel tank to prevent engine
damage.
Undoubtedly, you will be putting your tiller
through rigorous use.
Check engine oil level, air filter and fuel filter.
Refer to your Honda® engine manual for
more details.
Dipstick
Fuel Filter
How to Reseat the Flange
At some point, you may find that the
tines won’t turn when you squeeze the
throttle. This may mean the engine isn’t
sitting all the way down on the worm
gear housing.
Perhaps you’ve been using your tiller for
several years. The flange bolt (Key #12,
Page 22) may have come loose and
lifted the engine up.
If this happened, you’ll notice a gap
between the bottom of the engine flange
(Key #43, Page 22) and the top of the
worm gear housing. (Figure 1)
To fix this, loosen the flange bolt. Take
the engine off the worm gear housing.
Notice the hex head on top of the drive
shaft (Key #22, Page 22). Inside the
flange housing, you’ll find the clutch
drum (Key #57, Page 22). Make sure
the hex head lines up with the clutch
drum inside the flange housing.
Then put the engine back on the worm
gear housing. Make sure the plastic
carrying handle is not under the engine.
If you’ve followed these steps properly,
there will be no gap between the engine
flange and the worm gear housing.
(Figure 2) Make sure you tighten the
flange bolt!
Figure 1
Air Filter Maintenance
A wet or dirty air filter can affect the way your engine
starts, performs, and wears. So, it’s a good idea to
check your air filter once a month.
If you work in dusty soil, or if you want to be on the
safe side — then check your filter more often (for
instance, before each use). But be sure to replace it
at least once a year, in the spring or fall.
Figure 3
Figure 4
Note how the engine doesn’t sit all
the way down on the transmission.
Figure 2
Note how the engine sits all the
way down on the transmission.
How to Check, Clean and Change the Air Filter
1. The air filter is held in the air cleaner in a black
housing on the side of the tiller, behind the gas
tank cap.
2. Squeeze the two locking tabs at the rear of the
air cleaner cover (Figure 3) and swing the cover
towards the front of the engine to open it
3. The air filter is the dark sponge like material on
the inside of the air cleaner. Check whether it is
soiled or moist.
4. If the air filter needs to be cleaned or no longer
fits properly, simply remove it by carefully peeling
it out of the air cleaner. (Figure 4)
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Deluxe XP Tiller Basic Maintenance
Air Filter Maintenance
5. To clean the air filter
a. Clean the filter element in warm
soapy water, rinse and allow to
dry thoroughly. Or, clean in a
non-flammable solvent and allow
to dry.
b. Dip the filter element in clean
engine oil, then squeeze out all
excess oil. The engine will smoke
when started if too much oil is left
in the element.
c. Wipe dirt from the air cleaner
body and cover, using a moist
rag. Be careful to prevent dirt
from entering the carburetor.
6. Insert your clean filter inside the air
cleaner.
IMPORTANT:
IMPORTANT Note:
Make sure the filter is “seated”
properly in the cover. The filter
must fit snugly inside the opening that holds the filter in place.
Installing the filter incorrectly will
cause engine damage and void
the warranty. Fit the cover back
over the air cleaner and snap the
two locking tabs
Operating the engine without an
air filter element, or with a damaged air filter element, will allow
dirt to enter the engine, causing
rapid engine wear. This type of
damage is not covered by the
Limited Warranty
IMPORTANT Note:
A dirty air cleaner will restrict air
flow to the carburetor, reducing
engine performance. If you operate the engine in very dusty areas,
clean the air filter element more
often then specified in the
Maintenance section.
IMPORTANT Note:
Please check the lip on the Air
Cleaner Cover. If the lip is chipped
or cracked, it should be replaced.
This will prevent dirt from being
ingested through the carburetor
into the inside of the engine.
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Deluxe XP Tiller Basic Maintenance
Transmission Care
How to Check the Grease Level
Inside the Worm Gear Housing
When we built your Mantis® Deluxe XP
Tiller, we added Lithium EP #0 grease
to properly lubricate the transmission for
the first 10 hours of operation. As part of
the regular maintenance of your tiller, it
is imperative that you inspect the grease
level and add grease if necessary. This
will help your tiller give you years of
excellent usage.
You will need to add grease with a
grease gun using the fitting at the front of
the transmission (Figure 1). You should
add grease through this fitting after the
first 10 hours of operation and then every
50 hours of use.
Premature transmission failure can
occur if proper grease level is
not maintained
You can use Lithium EP#0 EP#1
grease or #2 grease in combination with
specially formulated Mantis® grease (p/n
9985).
The following are different service steps
for different type of grease.
If you use Lithium EP #1 or #0
grease:
1. Make sure the tiller is turned off and
remove the tines.
2. Place the tiller front side down on an
elevated surface and remove the 4
screws holding the transmission cover
(Figure 2).
3. Remove the transmission cover and
gasket. Inspect the grease level. If it
is below the edge of the gear housing,
you will need to add grease. If it is
already flush with this edge, you do
not need to add grease.
4. If grease is needed, remove the
protective cap from the grease fitting,
Figure 3
Figure 1
Figure 2
attach the grease gun, and slowly add
grease until the level is flush with the
edge of the transmission (Figure 3).
5. Return the grease fitting protective
cover, gasket and attach transmission
cover with the 4 original screws.
If you use Lithium EP #2 grease
in combination with Mantis® grease
(p/n 9985):
Follow steps 1 through 3 and then follow
instructions below.
4. If grease is needed, remove protective
cap from the grease fitting on the front
of the transmission and attach the
grease gun. Please pay attention to
the size of the grease gun. Different
guns distribute different amount of
grease per pump.
a. If you are using Mini grease gun
with 3 ounce cartridge add 5
full pumps of grease. One pump
from Mini grease gun is equal to
approximately 0.012 oz. or 0.3
grams.
b. If you are using standard
automotive grease gun with 14
ounce cartridge, add 2 full pumps of
grease. One pump from a standard
automotive grease gun is equal to
0.03 oz. or 0.9 grams.
CAUTION: DO NOT ADD MORE
GREASE THAN SPECIFIED ABOVE
5. Remove the grease gun from
the grease fitting and replace the
Figure 4
protective cap.
6. Inspect the grease level. If it is below
the edge of the gear housing, you will
need to add grease. If it is flush with
the gear housing do not add grease.
7. If you need to add more grease,
utilize the specially formulated Mantis
grease (p/n 9985). This grease is
compatible with the grease that was
in the transmission from the factory.
DO NOT USE Lithium EP #2 IN THIS
STEP. (Figure 4)
8. Return the gasket and the
transmission cover. Secure cover with
the 4 original screws.
Always inspect the gasket prior to reinstallation. If the gasket is damaged,
replace it with a new gasket (p/n 436)
DO NOT OVERFILL.
Too much grease can create
pressure which can cause seals
to fail or the clutch to slip.
In between adding grease with the
grease gun, you should inspect the
grease level after approximately 10
hours of operation. If grease is needed,
you can add grease directly to the
opening in the transmission using
Mantis® p/n 9985.
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Spare Parts
13
MIDDLE HANDLE W/PLUG, RIGHT
430053
1
3
DESCRIPTION
TRIGGER HANDLE ASSEMBLY, 4 CYCLE ENGINE, RIGHT
HANDLE ASSEMBLY, LEFT
PART No
1
1
59
430006
430004
QTY
2
13
60
19
400333
400331
400322
3. Set of four tines (inner and outer)
2. Set of two outer tines
1. Set of two inner tines
KEY
1
70
53
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Spare Parts
2. Set of two outer tines
1. Set of two inner tines
1
1
2
2
2
2
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34
35
36
37
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1/4-20 TWO-WAY LOCK NUT
2
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ACORN NUT
4
54
MANTIS LOGO LABEL
972
6
48
49
DUST CAP FOR GREASE FITTING
GREASE FITTING
TINE ASSEMBLY, INNER RIGHT
TINE ASSEMBLY, INNER LEFT
LABEL XP TINE WARNING
400313
400300
400330
400329
400635
KICKSTAND, BRACKET AND HARDWAR
THROTTLE STOP, HONDA 34cc
430037
400310
KICKSTAND, STAND ASSEMBLY
RETAINING RING
410158
M6 x 33 MM FLANGE BOLT
400529
400524
BEARING
CLUTCH DRUM
400132
400308
GROUND WIRE JUMPER, 4 CYCLE EN
KNOB, TWO PRONGS, FEMALE
M6 INTERNAL LOCK WASHER
430043
400523
4079
WARNING LABEL
TRANSMISSION ASSEMBLY
400302
1/4-20 x 1.125 HEX HEAD CAP SCREW
430057
BOLT 1/4-20 x 1/2" LONG
144-2
M9452
ROLLER BEARING
395
2
47
TRIANGLE WARNING LABEL (4 CYCLY
430058
1
46
458
1
45
CARRIAGE BOLT 1/4-20 x 2.25"
1
44
400631
TINE RETAINING PIN
ENGINE FLANGE
2
1
42
430039
418-1
2
41
43
400307
TINE ASSEMBLY, OUTER LEFT
400327
1
BEARING SEAL RETAINER
TINE ASSEMBLY, OUTER RIGHT
400328
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BEARING
WORM GEAR BEARING
435
WORM GEAR THRUST WASHER
432
434
430
TINE SHAFT
WORM DISK
1
WORM GEAR
WORM SHAFT
1
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RETAINING RING
WORM THRUST BEARING
426
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WORM BEARING RACE
422
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ROLLER BEARING
424
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#8 SELF TAPPING SCREW
425
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GEAR HOUSING COVER
423
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GASKET
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DRIVE SHAFT
WORM GEAR HOUSING
1
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400301
ENGINE ASSEMBLY-35CC HONDA
CURVED HEAD BOLT, 1/4-20 x2"
FENDER GUARD
400916
468
400312
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M6 JAM NUT
4078
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KNOB, 1/4-20 X1.5 MALE
2
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BOLT 1/4-20 x 3.25"
430038
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CARRY HANDLE W/GRIP
4049
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16
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FOAM GRIP
430049
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18
10-32 x 3/4" FLANGE BOLT
430025
2
13
THROTTLE CLIP
LOOP HANDLE LEFT HALF
910502
1
478
LOOP HANDLE RIGHT HALF
430022
1
12
HANDLE BRACE
430023
1
10
11
LOWER HANDLE W/PLUG, LEFT
LABEL, HANDLE BRACE
400638
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1
MIDDLE HANDLE W/PLUG, LEFT
LOWER HANDLE W/PLUG, RIGHT
8
9
430021
1
7
430050
MIDDLE HANDLE W/PLUG, RIGHT
1
6
430052
1
4
430051
430053
1
3
DESCRIPTION
TRIGGER HANDLE ASSEMBLY, 4 CYCL
HANDLE ASSEMBLY, LEFT
PART No
1
1
2
430006
430004
QTY
KEY
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400333
400331
400322
3. Set of four tines (inner and outer)
* ALSO IN KEY 52
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429
428
426
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651
437A
436
400301
468
400916
400312
430048
4078
430038
4049
430049
430025
478
910502
430022
430023
400638
430021
430050
430051
430052
430053
430006
430004
Part No.
* Includes Key #22
Qty.
Key
Tine Shaft
Worm Gear
Retaining Ring
Worm Disk
Worm Shaft
Worm Thrust Bearing
Worm Bearing Race
Roller Bearing
#8 Self Tapping Screw
Gear Housing Cover
Gasket
Worm Gear Housing
Drive Shaft
Engine Assembly-35cc Honda®
Fender Guard
Curved Head Bolt, 1/4-20 X2”
M6 Jam Nut
Knob, 1/4-20 X1.5 Male
Bolt 1/4-20 X 3.25”
Carry Handle W/Grip
Foam Grip
Throttle Clip
10-32 X 3/4” Flange Bolt
Loop Handle Left Half
Loop Handle Right Half
Label, Handle Brace
Handle Brace
Lower Handle W/Plug, Left
Lower Handle W/Plug, Right
Middle Handle W/Plug, Left
Middle Handle W/Plug, Right
Handle Assembly, Left
Trigger Handle Assembly, 4 Cycle Engine, Right
Description
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Key
400310
400635
400329
400330
400300
400313
400310
400524
430037
410158
400529
400308
400132
4079
430043
400523
400302
430057
M9452
144-2
972
395
430058
458
400631
400307
430039
418-1
400327
400328
435
434
432
430
Part No.
Throttle Stop
Label XP Tine Warning
Tine Assembly, Inner Left
Tine Assembly, Inner Right
Grease Fitting
Dust Cap for Grease Fitting
Throttle Stop, Honda® 34cc
Retaining Ring
Kickstand, Bracket And Hardware
Kickstand, Stand Assembly
M6x33mm Flange Bolt
Clutch Drum
Bearing
M6 Internal Lock Washer
Ground Wire Jumper, 4 Cycle Engine
Knob, Two Prongs, Female
Transmission Assembly*
Warning Label
Bolt 1/4-20x1/2” Long
1/4-20 X 1.125 Hex Head Cap Screw
1/4-20 Two-Way Lock Nut
Acorn Nut
Mantis Logo Label
Roller Bearing
Triangle Warning Label (4 Cycle Engine)
Engine Flange
Carriage Bolt 1/4-20 X 2.25”
Tine Retaining Pin
Tine Assembly, Outer Left
Tine Assembly, Outer Right
Bearing Seal Retainer
Bearing
Worm Gear Bearing
Worm Gear Thrust Washer
Description
Troubleshooting
Problem
Cause
Remedy
1. T
ines don’t turn when throttle
is depressed.
• Engine is not seated properly on the gear housing.
• Re-install engine following the instructions on
page 18 (How to reseat the flange).
• O/I switch is in “O” position.
• No fuel in tank.
• Fuel strainer clogged.
• Fuel line clogged.
• Spark plug shorted or fouled.
• Spark plug is broken (cracked porcelain or
electrodes broken).
• Ignition lead wire shorted, broken or
disconnected from spark plug.
• Ignition inoperative.
• Move switch to “I.”
• Fill Tank.
• Replace Strainer.
• Clean fuel line.
• Install new spark plug.
• Replace spark plug.
2. Engine fails to start.
• Water in gasoline or stale fuel mixture.
• Engine under or over choked.
3. Engine hard to start.
• Gasket leaks (carburetor or cylinder base gasket).
• Weak spark at spark plug.
4. T
here is black smoke coming
from exhaust.
5. Engine misses.
6. Engine lacks power.
7. Engine overheats.
8. Engine noisy or knocking.­­
9. Engine stalls under load.
• The muffler screen may be clogged.
• The exhaust port may be restricted.
• Dirt in fuel line or carburetor.
• Carburetor improperly adjusted.
• Spark plug fouled, broken or incorrect gap setting.
• Weak or intermittent spark at spark plug.
•Air filter clogged.
•Carburetor out of adjustment.
•Muffler clogged.
•Clogged exhaust ports.
•Spark Arrestor Clogged.
•Poor compression.
• Replace lead wire or attach to spark plug.
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
• Drain entire system and refill with fresh fuel.
• Drain and refill with correct mixture.
• If flooded by over choking, proceed according to
instructions in operation section. If under choked,
move choke lever to closed position and crank two
or three times.
• Replace gaskets.
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
• Clean carbon from muffler screen.
• Clean exhaust port.
• Remove and clean.
• Clean or replace spark plug - set gap to .024-.028
in. (0.6-0.7 mm).
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
• Clean or replace air filter.
• Clean carbon from muffler.
• Clean Spark Arrestor.
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
• Air flow obstructed.
• Clean flywheel cylinder fins and screen.
•Spark plug in incorrect heat range.
•Bearings, piston ring or cylinder walls are worn.
• Engine overheats.
• Replace with plugs specified for engine.
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
• Remove dust and dirt from between fins.
• Carburetor adjustment too “lean.”
• Contact your local authorized dealer.
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EPA PHASE 2 / CALIFORNIA TIER III EMISSION CONTROL
WARRANTY STATEMENT YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (C.A.R.B.) and The Equipment Manufacturer are pleased to explain
the emission control system warranty on your EPA Phase 2 / C.A.R.B. Tier III model year 2005 and later small off road engine (SOREs). New small off
road engines must be designed, built and equipped to meet stringent EPA and C.A.R.B. anti-smog standards. Echo, Incorporated must warrant the
emission control system on your small off road engine for the periods of time listed below provided there has been no abuse, neglect or improper
maintenance of your small off road engine.
Your emission control system may include parts such as the carburetor or fuel injected system, and the ignition system and catalytic converter. Also
included may be hoses, belts, connectors and other emission-related assemblies.
Where a warrantable condition exists, the Manufacturer will repair your small off road engine at no cost to you including diagnosis, parts and labor.
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY COVERAGE:
The 1995 and later small off road engines are warranted for two years. If any emission-related part on your engine is defective, the part will be
repaired or replaced by the Manufacturer.
OWNER’S WARRANTY RESPONSIBILITIES:
- As the small off road engine owner, you are responsible for the performance of the required maintenance listed in your Operator’s Manual.
The Manufacturer recommends that you retain all receipts covering maintenance on your small off road engine, but the Manufacturer
cannot deny warranty solely for the lack of receipts or for your failure to ensure the performance of all scheduled maintenance.
- As the small off road engine owner, you should however be aware that the Manufacturer may deny you warranty coverage if your small off
road engine or a part has failed due to abuse, neglect, improper maintenance or unapproved modifications.
You are responsible for presenting your small off road engine to the Manufacturer’s authorized service center as soon as a problem exists. The
warranty repairs should be completed in a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed 30 days.
If you have any questions regarding your warranty rights and responsibilities, you should contact your Product Manufacturer.
EPA PHASE 2 / CALIFORNIA TIER III EMISSIONS DEFECT WARRANTY EXPLANATION
This is additional detailed information about the EPA PHASE 2/ CALIFORNIA TIER III EMISSIONS DEFECT WARRANTY for your small off road engine.
WHAT DOES THIS WARRANTY COVER?
The Manufacturer warrants that your unit was designed, built and equipped to conform with applicable California emissions standards and that your
unit is free from defects in material and workmanship that would cause it to fail to conform with applicable requirements within five (5) years. The
warranty period begins on the date the product is delivered to a retail purchaser. This is your emission control system, DEFECTS WARRANTY.
HOW WILL A COVERED PART BE CORRECTED?
If there is a defect in a part covered by this warranty, a Manufacturer’s Authorized Service Dealer will correct the defect.
You will not have to pay anything to have the part adjusted, repaired or replaced. This includes any labor and diagnosis for warranted repairs
performed by the dealer. In addition, engine parts not expressly covered under this warranty but whose failure is a result of a failure of a covered part
will be warranted.
Emissions System repairs covered under this warranty should be completed in a reasonable time, not to exceed 30 days.
IMPORTANT
If the diagnosis reveals no defect, the emission defect warranty does not apply.
WHAT PARTS ARE COVERED BY THE EPA PHASE 2/ CALIFORNIA TIER III 2005
& LATER SMALL OFF ROAD ENGINE EMISSIONS DEFECT WARRANTY?
• Any emission related part not scheduled for, “required maintenance” (See Engine Operators Manual, “SERVICE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE”) will be
repaired or replaced within the warranty period. The repaired or replaced part will be warranted for the remaining Emissions Defect warranty period.
• Any emission related part scheduled for replacement during “required maintenance” (See Engine Operators Manual, “SERVICE MAINTENANCE
SCHEDULE”) is warranted for the period of time prior to the first scheduled replacement point for that part. Any such part repaired or replaced
under warranty shall be warranted for the remainder of the period prior to the first scheduled replacement point for that part.
• Any manufacturer-approved replacement part may be used in the performance of any warranty maintenance or repairs on emission-related parts,
and must be provided without charge if the part is still under warranty.
• Any replacement part that is equivalent in performance and durability may be used in non-warranty maintenance or repairs, and shall not reduce the
warranty obligations of the manufacturer.
• The owner is responsible for the performance of the required maintenance described in the operators manual.
SPECIFIC EMISSION RELATED WARRANTED PARTS:
- Choke
- Air Filter
- Carburetor (complete assembly or replaceable components)
- Electronic Ignition System
- Spark Plug
- Fuel Injection Assembly or replaceable components
- Catalytic Converter / Muffler Assembly
WHAT IS NOT COVERED BY THE EPA PHASE 2/CALIFORNIA TIER III 2005 & LATER SMALL OFF ROAD
ENGINE EMISSIONS DEFECT WARRANTY?
• Any failure caused by abuse, neglect, improper maintenance.
• Any failure caused by unapproved modifications, use of unapproved add-on parts/modified parts or unapproved accessories.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
MANTIS extends this limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years under normal
usage for residential purposes and two (2) years under normal usage for commercial purposes, from the date of purchase by
the original purchaser.
MANTIS will repair or replace, at its option, any part or parts of the product found to be defective in material or workmanship
during the warranty period. Warranty repairs and replacements will be made without charge for parts or labor. All parts replaced
under warranty will be considered as part of the original product, and any warranty on the replaced parts will expire coincident
with the original product warranty. If you think your MANTIS TILLER is defective in material or workmanship, you must send it,
along with your proof of purchase (sales receipt) to:
Mantis
1028 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966
You are responsible for pickup and delivery charges; the product must be returned to us postage paid.
MANTIS assumes no responsibility in the event that the product was not assembled or used in compliance with any assembly,
care, safety, or operating instructions contained in the Owner’s Manual or accompanying the product. This limited warranty does
not cover damages or defects due to normal wear and tear, lack of reasonable and proper maintenance, failure to follow operating
instructions or owner’s manual, misuse, lack of proper storage or accidents [or routine maintenance parts and service].This limited
warranty shall not be effective if your Mantis tiller has been subjected to negligence or has been repaired or altered by anyone
other than an authorized dealer or authorized service center.
You must maintain your MANTIS TILLER by following the maintenance procedures described in the owner’s manual. Such routine
maintenance, whether performed by you or a dealer, is at your expense.
MANTIS MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR PROMISES EXCEPT THOSE
CONTAINED HEREIN. THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. ALL WARRANTIES OTHER THAN THE EXPRESS WARRANTY SET FORTH ABOVE
ARE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED. THE DURATION OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY AND
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS WRITTEN LIMITED WARRANTY. MANTIS
DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL AND/OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH
THE USE OF THE MANTIS PRODUCTS COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON
HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS AND/OR DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THAT ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS
WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM
STATES TO STATE.
MANTIS
1028 Street Road
Southampton, PA 18966
(215) 355-9700
Specifications, descriptions, and illustrative material in this literature are as accurate as known at the time of publication, but are
subject to change without notice.
©2013 Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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