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mal55



Joined: 15 Jul 2009
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Location: N.Lincs or in the dog house
PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 4:56 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Hire one. That's a good idea!

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 15 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if you're wanting to try one of the electric cultivators, you can borrow mine if we can sort out transport...

mal55



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 15 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you for your kind offer Hairyloon. It is very much appreciated.
What it is is that my Mum wants to buy me a cultivator for a 60th present. Having had to give up her house and 1/2 acre garden because she couldn't manage it anymore she thinks that by getting me one she will stop the same happening to me bless her! As someone who is only really happy in a garden it's her idea of hell not to have one. At 85 she has taken up "Guerrilla Gardening" around the flat she is in and her one tiny border is gradually taking over any areas left untended by neighbours and rose bushes have sprouted overnight in forsaken corners.
She has always seen adverts for Mantis tillers in the gardening press and so has decided that THAT is what I need. I think I know I can manage one as long as I don't do too much at once so I'm trying to find a cheaper alternative.

mark



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 15 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tillers like he lidl one are no good for deep digging ! BUT they ARE good for keeping a bed clear (like hoeing on steroids!)

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 15 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am told the Mantis is very good.

mal55



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 15 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It has a Honda engine so it should be decent. They also have a 90 day money back guarantee iof you don't like them. It has to be worth a try!

mal55



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 15 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, it's turned up, I've got it put together and given it a go! I'm a happy bunny!
I've got one of the veg beds (about 6x15ft) dug and down to a fine tilth in about 1/2 an hour. It will probably get quicker as I work out the best technique.
It's not too noisy, weighs 24lbs so it's not too heavy and only causes as much vibration to my wrists and arms as the electric hedge trimmer so as long as I don't use it for too long each session it should be great!

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