Over 25 years ago a small red tiller was first introduced to UK gardeners. Its manufacturer boldly promised that the little workhorse would make gardening easier.

Back then, all tillers were big, heavy behemoths that were difficult to manoeuvre. Using a tiller was a big, manly 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/9 kg, 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 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 the UK in 1990, 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/9 kg 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 advertisers said it would: take much of the hard work out of the UK’s favourite leisure activity.

Today, men and women alike of all gardening abilities 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 fond of their Mantis Tillers.

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