Hunkin for gardening products, farm products
Glasshouses, greenhouses
Solar powered irrigation for greenhouses, hanging baskets etc
Fruit & vegetable cages
Bean & pea support frames
Rabbit and possum repellent. Traps
Grazers slug & snail repellent
LPG weed burner
Solar pumps
Mantis tillers & cultivators
Hunkin trimmer mower
DR trimmers and mowers
Leeaky Hose irrigation
Misting unit
Plant raising panels
Tunnel houses
Bait stations, pest control
Miniature Herefords
Clearance items
   
View shopping cart
Printable order form
Order information
   
Interesting links
Community work
About us
Contact us
Home
   

World famous Mantis Tiller

"For good health eat less from a box and more from the earth"

#1 SELLING MINI TILLER EVER!
The design is appreciated worldwide by more than 2,000,000 owners. A favorite of gardeners since 1980.

MANTIS TILLER HISTORY – HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Over 35 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 (10kg), 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 petrol engine, the Mantis Tiller’s unique 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 “10kg 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 use – and it did exactly what the product ads said it would, that is to 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. If you do, you will always find someone "feeling sorry" for the person and offering to take it off their hands.

Hunkin Garden Products' own story is that we have been selling the Mantis Tiller exclusively in New Zealand for 20 years and initially came across the same reluctance to purchase such a small machine as they did in the USA. We overcame this by offering a right of return if the purchaser was not happy with its performance. This was not a right of return where you had to return it in an unused state like so many other right of returns, this was a use it and try it for yourself in your own garden. Needless to say, we very rarely get a machine returned.

We used to sell the 2-stroke version and they were incredibly reliable, but after introducing the Honda 4-stroke, our customers preference changed to the 4-stroke. Four stokes are much quieter and easier to pull over, something of benefit as we all get older. Following the popularity of the new 4 - stroke we have now introduced the Mantis XP, the big brother to the little Mantis tiller.

Mantis Tiller 4-stroke plus

An all-season garden tool

  • Tills your vegetable garden - then keeps on working!

  • Quickly digs a new bed even in hard, compacted soil - for spring bulbs, summer annuals or your favourite vegetables.

  • Reverse the tines to weed and shallow-cultivate your garden and flower beds. It's ideal for cultivating in vegetable gardens, and for loosening the soil around precious perennials and shrubs.

  • So easy to manoeuvre, it gently cultivates raised beds. It's so light and easy to lift, so powerful yet so controllable.

  • Digs deep planting holes for trees and shrubs - much faster than you'll do it with a spade.

  • Digs trenches in your lawn for laying irrigation pipes.

  • With optional accessories, it aerates and dethatches your lawn, cuts neat edges on your borders and digs furrows.

20th season in New Zealand (2-stroke model)

Think what a new, powerful, easy-to-use Mantis tiller will do for you!

At Mantis, they make it better…so we back it better!

Use the Mantis in your own garden for 60 days. If you are not completely satisfied, send it back to us for a no hassle refund. All you will pay is the freight. Please note. The machine must be in a saleable condition and with original packaging and manuals. By saleable we expect it to be used, but not abused, which is fair.

LIFETIME TINE WARRANTY to original purchaser
If any tine breaks in normal usage - ever! - just send it back to us and it will be replaced FREE OF CHARGE.

5-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
The Mantis Tiller/Cultivator and attachments are warranted for a period of five full years in domestic use (two years if used commercially) from date of purchase . If any part fails to work because of defects in materials or workmanship, we will repair or replace the part at no charge to you.
NOTE: Excludes the Honda engine that is warranted seperately for 12 months by Honda's world wide warranty.

  • Powerful commercial-grade 25cc 4-cycle Honda engine spins the tines twice as fast as most tillers. The engine will run all day as long as it has fuel. It does not need a rest period.
  • Patented curved tine teeth till down to 250mm, chop through hard soil or clay.
  • Tilling width 220mm
  • One-piece die-cast gear box is virtually indestructible.
  • Tines spin at up to 240 rpm - twice the speed of other tillers!
  • Reverse the tilling tines to shallow -weed the top 50-75mm of soil.
  • Tines are mounted under the engine so you can guide the tiller easily in the narrow rows between vegetables, around trees, or among perennials.

We hold an extensive range of spare parts so you can purchase with confidence.

We even have parts that fit our 20 year old machines, and yes they are still running

Mantis and accessories arrived safely on Friday morning as promised by you. The packaging was spectacular.
I assembled it myself, no problem, and spent Monday and Tuesday using it in the garden. It is the most amazing piece of equipment I have owned; it is so easy to change from one configuration to another; and it runs like a dream.
The extended family simply love it and they are on a waiting list to borrow it.
I am sure we will all be telling ten friends about it !!
Many thanks for your prompt attention to my order.

Phyllis

Just wanted to give you some positive feedback about the Mantis cultivator I purchased from you a few years ago. Even though it is not commercially rated, I have used it in my landscaping business extensively, made it work hard and long hours.
Apart from normal maintenance it has NEVER let me down. It is one of the most versatile little machines I own, and does an absolutely fabulous job of preparing lawns for sowing.
I just brought it out of winter storage, three months of no use, put in fresh fuel, one pull and it fired into life-what more could you ask for? Thank you for supplying a fabulous little machine.

Peter

Graham, thanks for the Mantis tiller. It went together easily, started as described, and on the small but very wet area I tilled this morning performed amazingly. It is not often a “labour saving” device is actually better than expected. I like its light weight, given that our 2200 sq metre section is all uphill with only foot access and the gardens are at the top and the bottom. It is like a terrier, seems almost pathologically intent on churning up the soil. Nice. Thanks. Now it just has to be as reliable as it looks and performs.

Ron

 

More pictures of the Mantis in use at the bottom of the page, check it out.

 

Mantis Tiller/Cultivator 4-stroke plus

All the features and benefits of the 2-stroke Mantis Tiller/Cultivator but with a 4-stroke Honda® GX25 commercial grade engine! It's easy to start and a lot quieter running. No fuss, no mess, no mixing fuels, and it weighs only 12 kg. The Honda engine has a 12 month warranty in domestic use and can be repaired by any Honda certified repairer in New Zealand. The rest of the machine has a 5 year limited warranty (domestic use, 2 years commercial) with the tines guaranteed for life against breakage in normal use.

Engine:

  • 4-cycle Honda GX25
  • Engine size 25cc
  • Fuel 91 unleaded
  • No mixing of gas/oil required

Special while stocks last. Free kickstand with 4-stroke tiller

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

RRP $1050.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $26, SI $38

Choose a destination:

 

4-stroke Mantis Tiller/Cultivator XP

MANTIS XP EXTRA-WIDE 4-CYCLE (GAS ONLY) TILLER
Our Widest, Most Powerful Tiller Ever. This extra-wide rototiller is built for bigger yards and gardens, and features our unique, curvy tines that easily break through new ground and sod, compacted soil… even hard clay. At 406mm wide, it makes short work of big yard jobs!

And even with all this width and power, the tiller weighs just 15.6kg! Once your garden is established, you’ll use the Mantis XP 406mm wide Tiller/Cultivator to weed it quickly and easily.

KEY FEATURES
GENEROUS 406mm -WIDE TILLING WIDTH
Makes it faster to create a garden or prepare and existing garden for planting or expansion.

RELIABLE EASY-STARTING AND POWERFUL HONDA® FOUR-CYCLE ENGINE
Requires no mixing of oil and gas and runs quieter

SOFT, SURE-GRIP HANDLES
Over-molded grips for supreme comfort even when using the tiller in rocky soil. Ergonomically flared for maximum wrist-comfort and fatigue-free operation.

INNOVATIVE TRANSMISSION DESIGN
Generates sufficient speed to turn specially designed curvy tines to enable maximum performance with minimum weight.

 

COMPACT DESIGN
The Mantis® XP Extra-Wide Tiller/Cultivator easily gets into tight places where big, front-tine tillers cannot go. Lightweight – just 35 lbs. (15.6kg)

254mm TILLING DEPTH
With The Mantis Tiller/Cultivator you can till up to 10" (254mm) deep. You’ll have better soil. And better soil is the foundation of better gardening.

UNIQUELY DESIGNED CURVY TINES
Helps Mantis dig deep even into the hardest soil, instead of bouncing around like other mini-tillers. Lifetime guarantee against broken tines… if one of them ever breaks, we’ll replace it for free. No matter how long you’ve owned your tiller.

VERSATILE
Simply turn the special tines around, and your “tiller” becomes an exceptional power-weeder. You’ll use it all season long! Optional attachments add even more versatility.

FOLD-DOWN HANDLES
For easy transport and storage


ENGINE
4-cycle Honda® (no gas/oil mix required) 35cc

WARRANTY
Five Year Warranty. Five year handle-to-tine coverage.

Tines are guaranteed for LIFE against breakage

Engine is warranted separately by the engine manufacturer.

TILLING WIDTH
406mm

TILLING DEPTH
254mm or reverse tines to shallow cultivate 50mm to 75mm deep.

WEIGHT
15.5kg

STARTING/OPERATING
Recoil (pull starter rope to start)

Infinite speed throttle – user controls speed and power

TINE SPEED
up to 240 rpm

GRIPS
Over-molded Sure-Grip comfort grips

 

 Special while stocks last. Free kickstand with 4-stroke tiller

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

RRP $1357.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $26, SI $38

Choose a destination:
If you have a heavy soil that is difficult to manage, sprinkle some fine builder's sand #1 (the type used for making brick laying mortar) over the top of the soil and use the Mantis to blend it in. The fine sand will keep the soil particles apart. Add it a bit at a time, blend and then test. Don't overdo it. It is much cheaper than Gypsum, the traditional clay buster, especailly by the trailer load. Compost helps, but sand is permanent.

 


Restore your lawn's health and beauty with Mantis' lawn-care add-ons.

dethatcherLawn Dethatcher attachment only (no engine)

Lawn thatch is a normal build-up of grass root parts (stolons and rhyzomes), bound up with some dead plant material, near the surface of the soil. Moss is a shallow-rooting plant which tends to grow in wet, cold conditions. When thatch or moss is more than 12mm thick, it can prevent air, water and nutrients from penetrating to the grass roots. Heavy thatch and moss harbour insect pests and prevent new grass plants from getting started. This attachment has 60 strong, flexible spring-steel picks which gently pull up thatch and moss across a 375mm swath as you pull it. Dethatch your lawn regularly in spring or autumn - especially before seeding or fertilising.

 

Dethatcher for regular Mantis and Mantis XP Only $369.00
Postage packing and insurance NI $14.00, SI $21.00, Rural extra $6.50

Choose a destination:

 


Lawn Aerator attachment only(no engine)

Four (eight on the XP model) parallel blades cut fine slits in your lawn to allow more air, water and nutrients to penetrate. This promotes the activity of beneficial soil micro-organisms and encourages healthy lawns. Periodic aeration is especially recommended in areas where compaction occurs and where soil is heavy clay. Ideal before oversowing or spot-seeding your lawn.

 

For regular Mantis Only $154.00
Postage packing and insurance NI $8.00, SI $13.00, Rural extra $6.50

For XP Mantis (wider aerator) Only $369.00Postage packing and insurance NI $14.00, SI $16.00, Rural extra $6.50

 

 

 


Choose a destination:

handy item kitHandy Item Kit

1422-00-1 2-stroke engine. Only $37.00
This is what you'll need to keep your Mantis petrol tiller running in great condition: 1 spark plug, 2 air filter pads, 2 oz. tube of transmission grease, 2 tiller wheel retaining pins, a combo wrench tool (funnel not supplied).

3777 Only $60.00
For use with the 4-Cycle Honda-Powered Mantis Tiller/Cultivator (25cc engine; current model). Includes: 2 bottles of premium 4 cycle engine oil (2.6 oz. ea.), 1 funnel, 1 spark plug, 1 air filter pad, 1 2oz. tube of transmission grease, 1 transmission gasket, 1 fuel filter, 2 tine retaining pins, and combo wrench.

 

3888 Only $75.00
For the Mantis® XP 4-Cycle Tillers only (35cc engine). Includes: 2 bottles of premium 4-cycle engine oil, 1 funnel, 1 spark plug, 2 air filter pads, 1 2oz. tubes of transmission grease, 2 transmission gaskets, 1 fuel filter, 4 tine retaining pins, and a combo wrench.

Postage packing and insurance NI $9.00, SI $9.00

Choose a product and destination:

border edgerBorder Edger attachment only (tiller not included)

Cuts clean, perfect edges where your flower beds meet the lawn. Includes a rubber-tyre wheel and a steel slicer blade. This unit is more suited to removing heavy growth over paths or garden edges than trimming single blades of grass on a weekly basis.

You can mix and match. Put the border edger blade on one side with a standard tine on the other side and cut around your flower bed. You get a neat edge and then a small furrow to define the edge. Even better if you have a furrower tine instead of the standard tine.

 

 

3222-00-12 Only $103.00
Postage packing and insurance NI $9.00, SI $13.00, Rural extra $6.50

Choose a destination:

 


detanglerDetangler

A rugged hand tool with a hook for removing debris from the tines, should they become clogged.

1322-00-12 Only $19.95
Postage packing and insurance NI $5.00, SI $5.00

 

 


planter furrowerPlanter-Furrower only (tiller not included)

Used as a pair, the two special tines dig deep planting beds for seed potatoes, asparagus roots, onion and leek sets and flower bulbs. One tine used alone makes furrows for corn, beans, peas, transplants etc. Perfect for creating raised beds. Saves time and energy in the garden.

 

 

 

 

Planter furrower for regular Mantis and XP Mantis Only $169.00
Postage packing and insurance NI $8.00, SI $13.00, Rural extra $6.50

Choose a destination:

wheel kitWheel Set only (tiller not included)

Wheels give you the option of rolling or carrying your tiller to the garden. Park your tiller in an upright position while you add fuel. Store it upright even if there's no wall to lean it on! Wheels add stability when you use the Crevice Cleaner attachment or the Border Edger. Rubber tyres make the tiller easy to roll around your yard, over curbs and up hills. It takes only a few minutes to attach the wheel set to your tiller, only seconds to remove the wheels for tilling or adjust them to any of six different heights.

Attachment only 9222-00-12 Only $164.00
Postage packing and insurance NI $8.00, SI $13.00, Rural extra $6.50

Choose a destination:

 


Debris Bag (tiller not included)

  • Straps conveniently to the back of the tiller handles.
  • Holds garden debris until you can discard it.
  • Use it to carry your portable phone, tools, water bottle, or anything to keep handy.
  • Made of durable red plastic mesh.

Price $26.25
Courier packing and insurance NI and SI $5.00


Tiller kickstand (tiller not included)

  • Works like a bicycle kickstand.
  • Lets you to park your tiller anywhere.
  • Attaches easily to base of tiller handles; flips up or down for instant use.
  • Solid steel construction.

Price $46.50
Courier packing and insurance NI $8.00, SI $13.00, Rural extra $6.50

Choose a destination:

 
These package deals give you a significant saving over purchasing the individual items separately and are only available if ordered together.

The Serious Gardener Package includes:

  • Mantis Tiller Honda 4-stroke 25cc engine

  • Planter / Furrower

  • Aerator

  • Dethatcher

  • Border Edger

SG PACK 4-stroke Honda 25cc engine. Only $1845.00
Save $100. New price $1745.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $45.00, SI $65.00

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

Choose a destination:

SG PACK Mantis XP 4-stroke 35cc Honda engine. Only $2367.00
Save $142. New price $2225.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $53.00, SI $73.00

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

Choose a destination:

The Lawn Care Package includes:

  • Mantis Tiller Honda 4-stroke 25cc engine or Mantis XP 35cc

  • Aerator

  • Dethatcher

  • Border Edger

LC Pack 4-stroke Mantis 25cc Honda engine. Only $1676.00
Save $75. New price $1601.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $40.00, SI $60.00

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

Choose a destination:

LC Pack 4-stroke Mantis XP 35cc Honda engine. Only $2198.00
Save $100. New price $2098.00
Courier packing and insurance NI $48.00, SI $68.00

If you prefer to transfer funds to our bank account instead of using a credit card please contact us with your name, address, phone number and what you wish to purchase and we will email you an invoice with our bank details.

Choose a destination:

 

A great investment as it can do so much and it is so easy to use.

Close to edge Between plants Lots of control between rows
Furrower in action Soil tilled to look like seed mix. Back and forth
Weeding between rows In a commercial garden Lightweight and easy to carry
Fold down handles for transportt Pull back to till, tines bite in Tiller is used backwards so you don't walk on newly tilled soil
Good control in the flower bed Good control between cloches Ideal in a raised garden
Easy to pick up Furrower in action In the raised bed
Ideal for all ages Great little machine Aerator in action
Aerated lawn, ideal for oversowing Dethatcher on Mantis XP Thatch and moss from lawn
 
Versatile machine, use it anywhere Safely stowed in the boot  

 

^ TOP OF PAGE