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Mantis Tiller Maintenance Tips & How-To Instructions

We’ve compiled these helpful Mantis Tiller maintenance tips and how-to instructions to help keep your Mantis Tiller running at peak performance. If you require additional service or assistance, please contact us.

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Assembly how-to - Mantis 2-Cycle and 4-Cycle Tillers


Assembly how-to – Mantis Deluxe 2-Cycle, Deluxe 4-Cycle Tiller


Assembly how-to – Mantis Deluxe XP Tiller


Assembly how-to and more – Mantis Electric Tiller


Setting the Tiller Tines for Tilling or Cultivating


Remove and replace tines – Mantis Deluxe XP Tiller


Starting Your Mantis Tiller – 2-Cycle


Starting Your Mantis Tiller – 4-Cycle


Starting, fueling – Mantis Deluxe 2-Cycle Tiller


Starting, fueling – Mantis Deluxe 4-Cycle Tiller


Starting, fueling, operating – Mantis Deluxe XP Tiller


Mantis tiller maintenance tips

We want to help you keep your Mantis Tiller running at peak performance for many years to come. Here are a few simple maintenance tips to help you.

Part Maintenance Frequency
Air Filter Clean Replace
Daily or every 4 hours use Every 3 months or 90 hours use
Fuel Strainer Inspect Replace
Monthly Yearly
Spark Plug Inspect Replace
Monthly Yearly
Carburetor Empty Fuel Rebuild
Every 25-30 days Every 300 hours of use
Exhaust Port Inspect/Clean Before every use
Muffler Screen Inspect/Clean Yearly
Transmission Check Grease Level Yearly

Maintainenance tips – Mantis Deluxe 2-Cycle Tiller


Maintainenance tips – Mantis Deluxe 4-Cycle Tiller


Maintainenance tips – Mantis Deluxe XP Tiller


How to locate the SV number of your 2-cycle tiller engine

SV NumberWhen ordering parts for your Mantis 2-cycle tiller, you may need to locate the SV number of your engine. The SV number is located between the gas tank & the carburetor, behind the gas line, on a black and silver tab on the silver engine housing.

It will consist of the letters "SV," a number and another letter.
Examples: SV4A, SV4B1E.

How to check or replace the air filter – 2-Cycle Tillers

View Deluxe 2-Cycle video. Or scroll down to view other 2-cycle step-by-step instructions.


Here's how to check or replace the Air Filter.

Step 1 Step 2

Step 1. Remove the Wing Nut to take off the
air filter cover.

Step 2. Remove the air filter and air filter cover.

Step 3 Step 4

Step 3. Remove the air filter from the air filter cover.

Step 4. Replace the air filter into the air filter
cover; be sure the filter fits snugly inside the lip.

Step 5

Step 5. Replace the air filter cover and the wing nut.

How to check or replace the fuel strainer

SV NumberHere's how to check or replace the Fuel Strainer.

The fuel strainer allows a steady flow of clean fuel to go to the carburetor by straining out any sediment that has entered the fuel tank. It is located inside the fuel tank and can be accessed by removing the fuel tank lid and pulling out the fuel line through the fill hole.

The strainer should be changed whenever it is hard to the touch or creases to allow fuel to reach the carburetor.

Stale fuel will shorten the life of the fuel strainer!

How to check or replace the spark plug

Here's how to check or replace the Spark Plug.

NGK and Champion spark plugs are the only recommended spark plugs to be utilized in Echo engines. The use of the correct type, brand, and heat range of a spark plug is of paramount importance in today's emission certified engines. Never uses spark plug manufacturers cross-reference charts. Cross-reference charts are approximations and may recommend spark plugs that are as much as 1-2 heat ranges out of the recommended heat range.

The plug will depend upon the SV number of your engine; the gap will be the same for each engine - .024-.028.

The SV number of your engine is located between the gas tank and the carburetor, behind the gas line, on a black and silver tab on the silver engine housing. It will consist of the letters "SV," a number and another letter. Sample: SV4A, SV4B1E.

Engine NGK Champion (Equivalent)
SV5C1 BPM8Y CJ6Y
SV5C BPM8Y CJ6Y
SV5Ci (F/S) BPM8Y CJ6Y
SV4B1E BPM7Y CJ8Y
SV4B BPM7Y CJ8Y
SV4A BPM7Y CJ8Y
SV4 BPM7Y CJ8Y
SV2AE BPM6 CJ8

How to check the grease level of your tiller transmission

Here's how to locate and check the grease level of your Tiller transmission.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3

Back of tiller when standing upright

Close up of back of transmission

Pull out Retaining Pin & remove tilling tine for safety

Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

Side view of worm gear cover / Side view of Transmission with tine removed

View of back of Transmission, with worm gear cover on

View of back of Transmission, with worm gear cover off

Step 7 Step 8  

Gear Case, No Grease

Gear Case: Illustrating the correct amount of grease

 

Carburetor information

In accordance with current EPA Regulations and CARB requirements, limiter caps have been installed on the high and low screws of the carburetor. Removal of these caps by anyone other than an authorized Mantis dealer will void your warranty.

Replacement carburetor, rebuild kits and gasket/diaphragm kits are available. Please contact us directly.

To order parts, you will need the SV# of the engine.

Cylinder exhaust port and cooling system information

All cooling fins must be kept clear in order for the engine to operate efficiently.

Exhaust Port Exhaust Port Exhaust Port

Muffler screen and spark arrestor information

The Muffler Screen is also known as the Spark Arrestor. It is a small screen layered within the muffler system in accordance with current EPA requirements. This screen is in place to catch all burned off carbon deposits.

By virtue of the parts function, it can get clogged with the same carbon deposits it is created to catch. Once clogged, the screen must be cleaned or replaced for efficient operation of the engine.

Do not clean Spark Arrestor with anything flammable!

If your engine bogs down under a full load, your muffler screen (spark arrestor) may be clogged and not allowing the engine to breathe properly.

Additionally, if you find the starter rope hard to pull, it could be because the muffler screen (spark arrestor) is clogged.

Directions for cleaning the muffler screen for your specific engine can be found in your owner's manual. Here are some basic instructions:

  • Lift engine off of the transmission by loosening the brass colored screw located at the base
    of the clutch case.
  • Remove the spark plug.
  • Remove the red cylinder cover.
  • Remove the muffler cap.
  • The muffler screen (spark arrestor) will be layered beneath the muffler cap
  • Clean or replace the muffler screen (spark arrestor) with carburetor cleaner, using a soft brush
    Note: If the screen remains plugged after attempts at cleaning it, it must be replaced
  • Reassemble the muffler, the cylinder cover, and replace the engine onto the transmission

Transporting and storing – Mantis Deluxe XP Tiller