About Mantis – Making Gardening Easier for Over 30 Years!
Mantis is a trusted brand... bringing high quality, innovative and dependable products to the home and garden marketplace for over 30 years. We've built our reputation through lasting products, highly responsive customer service and industry-leading warranties and guarantees. With over a million satisfied customers worldwide, you can be confident that an industry leader stands behind your purchase with the products and services you deserve.
Mantis Tiller History – how it all began
Over 30 years ago a small red tiller was first introduced to American gardeners. Its manufacturer boldly promised that the little dynamo would make gardening easier.
Back then, all tillers were big, heavy behemoths that were difficult to maneuver. Running a tiller was a big, manly man chore. After tilling a garden with a giant beast of a machine, every muscle in your body ached.
By comparison, the little red Mantis Tiller/Cultivator looked like a toy. It weighed in at just 20 pounds, and you could easily pick it up with one hand to move it from garage to garden. But when you pulled the cord to start the gas engine, the Mantis Tiller's patented tines chewed up soil with amazing ease. Here was a piece of power equipment that actually delivered on its promises. It really did make gardening easier by taking the backbreaking strain out of tilling garden soil.
Still, when the Mantis Tiller was first offered for sale in 1980, no one could have predicted how popular the world's first mini-tiller would become. Initially, the Mantis Tiller was largely shunned by men (who, apparently, did not want to be seen operating a diminutive "20-pound wonder"). But women and seniors wholeheartedly embraced the little tiller and made it a bestselling sensation. They loved the little red tiller because it was simple and easy to us – and it did exactly what the product ads said it would: take much of the hard work out of America's favorite leisure activity.
Today, men and women alike are happily tilling their gardens with Mantis Tillers. In fact, it's hard to find a gardener who will say anything disparaging about a Mantis Tiller.
Mantis receives hundreds of unsolicited testimonial letters and emails every year. Many gardeners become quite fond of their Mantis Tillers.
We especially love the letters from customers who at first did not believe the claims made in the company's ads. Kenneth Porter of Copperas Cove, Texas, was one of those skeptics. Porter admits that the only reason he bought a Mantis Tiller was because of the one-year "no questions asked" return policy.
"When I first got this little thing [the Mantis Tiller], I thought to myself, ‘What a waste of money!'" wrote Porter. "But when I started tilling, I was so amazed... My son even wanted to use it. We want to tell you, we love this little jewel – it's great and I would tell anyone that it is well worth the money! Especially when you can get the kids to do the work!"
And then there are the fanatics. Rhonda Schmidt of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, freely admits to being in love with her Mantis Tiller. "I love my Mantis Tiller, and I will never give it up," says Schmidt. "I tilled my garden all by myself this year and it looks great!"
The Little Tiller That Does it All
In an age of products that are imported from overseas, the powerful little Mantis Tiller is a made-in-America success story. The Mantis Tiller has proven itself to be durable, efficient and remarkably versatile.
Over 30 years ago, and more than one million units sold, the Mantis Tiller is still assembled in a small factory in suburban Philadelphia. In spite of its many imitators – and there are quite a few mini tillers offered by other manufacturers – the Mantis Tiller is still the best-selling tiller in the world.
It's the patented "serpentine" (curved) tines that still set the Mantis Tiller apart from other tillers, giving it the ability to cut through sod, tough soil and even vegetation with ease. (Other small tillers use a scaled-down version of the "bolo" bent tines found on big, heavy tillers, a design that is significantly less effective on a lightweight machine.)
The Mantis Tiller's high-quality craftsmanship and powerful commercial-grade engine consistently get rave reviews. And gardeners are pleased with the handy way the Mantis Tiller tills garden plots and effortlessly weeds around trees and landscaping.
Like the proverbial Swiss Army knife, the mighty Mantis Tiller can effectively perform a wide variety of tasks. The tiller tines can easily be removed and many optional attachments can be quickly installed. These optional attachments convert the Mantis Tiller into a border edger, furrower, plow, lawn aerator, lawn dethatcher, crevice cleaner – and even a hedge trimmer. Thus, one Mantis Tiller and its attachments can do the work of eight different power tools.
Over the years, the Mantis Tiller has received many impressive official awards, including a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" award and a "Member Tested and Recommended" Seal of Approval from the National Home Gardening Club. The Mantis Tiller was also honored as the most-often praised garden power tool in the Organic Gardening Buyer's Guide. The lightweight Mantis Tiller/Cultivator does a great job of getting garden soil ready for planting – and it can be used for dozens of other jobs throughout the year.
Back in the 1990s, after the Mantis Tiller had thoroughly conquered North America, the little tiller was test marketed in Europe. The result? European gardeners embraced the little tiller in much the same way Americans had. As the Mantis Tiller celebrates another anniversary, happy tiller owners in every state in the USA, every province in Canada, throughout Europe and around the world in countries such as South Africa, Israel and China are using their Mantis Tillers to cultivate soil, weed gardens, dig furrows, aerate and dethatch lawns, edge borders, dig holes for planting trees and shrubs, and even trim hedges. All with a little red tiller that many people laughed at when it was first introduced.
It's safe to say that no one is laughing at the little tiller now.
Mantis Tiller Trivia
Why is it called a Mantis Tiller?
Because the tiller handles resemble the shape of praying mantis arms, and the praying mantis is a beneficial insect in the garden.
For over 40 years the ComposTumbler has made it easy for gardeners to have a steady supply of compost.
The ComposTumbler is the best-selling drum composter in the world.
This amazing gardening product was developed in 1974, by an Australian named Peter Whiteside, who designed the drum to be the perfect shape and size to create fast decomposition of organic materials when turned daily.
Since 1979 the ComposTumbler has been manufactured in the United States and is sold directly from the factory in Southampton, Pennsylvania. To maintain consistent quality and lowest-possible pricing, the product is sold direct to consumers.
There are now four different models of ComposTumblers. The Compact size was introduced in 1991, the Back Porch size was introduced in 1997, and the ComposTumbler2 was introduced in 2003.