How to Store a Mantis Garden Tiller

Overview

It is important to know how to store your Mantis garden tiller. When you don't plan to use the tiller for more than two weeks, you should take the appropriate steps to store your garden tiller to prolong the life of the engine and blades. While the process may be a little more time consuming than simply setting it aside in a shed, when you store your Mantis garden tiller regularly, you'll preserve your investment for years.

Step 1

Empty any fuel from the Mantis garden tiller into a container by tipping the tiller. Use a funnel if needed to catch the fuel and drain it to the container.

Step 2

Start the engine of the Mantis, and allow it to idle until it shuts off and runs out of fuel. If fuel is left inside the engine, it can gum up the carburetor the next time you go to use it.

Step 3

Clean the air filter by removing it and brushing away debris. If the filter is extremely dirty, replace it. Put in a new fuel filter and discard the old one.

Step 4

Clear away dirt and debris from the whole body of the tiller as well as the blades by spraying the tines and wiping down the body of the machine. Allow the tiller to dry completely before spraying the tines with a little spray lubricant to prevent rust.

Step 5

Store your tiller in a dry, covered area where it can rest upright until it is needed again. Store it inside a shed or under a secured tarp which won't blow away in the wind. Collapse and lower the handles if necessary for space.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always exercise caution when working with machinery even when you are comfortable with using it. Burns are possible anytime the engine is hot.

Things You'll Need

  • Fuel container
  • Funnel
  • Tiller
  • Paint brush
  • Air filter (if needed)
  • Fuel filter
  • Water hose
  • Old rag
  • Spray lubricant

References

  • "New Complete Guide to Landscaping;" Better Homes and Gardens; 2002
  • Mantis Operator's Manual
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.