Re: [gardeners] Mantis Tiller..

Kay Lancaster (
Sat, 13 Apr 2002 13:50:04 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 13 Apr 2002 wrote:

> so or something...Anyway, What I am asking  is there a Mantis tiller that has 
> electric start?  I  just know I saw one advertised  a few weeks ago. Now all 
> I see is the pull cord ones.. Did I dream I saw this?

Troybilt has or had one, but it's a monstrous big thing, about 10 HP.

> Also along this same thought..what about the battery operated weed cutters?  

Generally speaking there's less torque from an electric engine than
from a gas engine, and less oomph from batteries than one connected to
the extension cord.  Using a light gauge cord definitely can decrease
the performance of something that's electric, too.  My mom has a
battery powered weed whacker, and I can trim her fencelines faster
with a pair of kitchen shears than I can with the line trimmer.

About 20 years ago, there was a kit to modify your gas lawnmower for
starting with an electric drill... basically you used the torque of
the drill to spin the recoil starter instead of hauling on a rope.
Haven't seen one of those for awhile, either-- I suspect too many
liability issues.  I believe my husband told me once that it wasn't
all *that* difficult to retrofit a pull-the-cord engine to a battery
start, but I haven't done it, and he'd have to talk me through it.

Kay Lancaster