Mantis, a leader in the handheld mini-tiller/cultivator market for nearly 30 years, is about to break through the large property barrier with the launch of the new Mantis XP Tiller/Cultivator, the Mantis alternative to larger, heavier tillers. The new XP brings the same versatility and ease of use features of the Mantis Mini-Tiller/Cultivator to a wider tilling unit comparable to larger mid/rear tine tillers at a fraction of the size and weight.

Weighing in at 34 pounds, the compact XP utilizes the power of a 35cc Honda 4-cycle engine to spin Mantis’ patented serpentine tines up to 240 rpm – easily busting through sod and the hardest most compact soils up to ten inches deep in a wide 16-inch swath. The XP utilizes a unique dual tine bank drive shaft that provides for exceptional control and maneuverability at a wide cut. Independently mounted dual tine banks offer the flexibility to go from a wide 16-inch width to a single tine bank “Mantis Mini” width of 9-inches in a matter of seconds by simply removing a tine bank from each side.

Like the Mantis Mini-Tiller/Cultivator, the Mantis XP can also power a variety of optional attachments enabling the user to be able to aerate, dethatch, and plow and more with a single unit. 

The Mantis XP offers the brings together the convenience of a mini tiller with the power and digging width to be productive in larger projects. Features of the new Mantis XP Tiller/Cultivator:

  • 35cc Honda® 4-cycle Engine – no fuel mixing, easy to start, fuel-efficient
  • Tine speed: up to 240 rpm
  • Weight: 34 lbs.
    • Individually mounted tine banks (2 each side) offer tilling width flexibility:
    • Dual Tine Bank Width: 16-inches
    • Single Tine Bank Width: Traditional “Mantis Mini” 9-inches
  • Patented serpentine tines easily slice through sod and hard, compact soil up to 10-inches deep
  • Fold-down handle arms make for easy transport and storage
  • Optional turf and yard care attachments available
  • 5-Year Consumer / 2-Year Commercial Warranty
    • Mantis patented serpentine tines are guaranteed for life against breakage

The Mantis XP will make its commercial debut at the 2010 GIE+EXPO at the Louisville Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, October 28th - 30th. See the Mantis XP at booth #3058 and give the unit a try at outside demo booth 7506D.

To learn more about the full line of Mantis products including the new Mantis XP visit the Mantis website at or call Mantis toll-free at 877-596-6337. 

About Mantis

For nearly 30 years, Mantis has made gardening easier with its famous tiller/cultivators, dual-chamber composter, and many other gardener-friendly tools. Mantis products are available direct from the Southampton, PA factory, via mail-order, and through more than 4,500 equipment dealerships and retailers nationwide. To learn more about Mantis products visit their website at

Mantis is a registered trademark of Schiller Grounds Care, Inc.