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MY mantis tiller will start and run for just a few seconds and then it stops. It has new gas and oil in it.it had old gas and oil mis in it but I dumped it all out and got new gas and oil mix. balhmang@mwt.net Thanks, Barb Manglos

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You probably have gum or varnish built up inside the carb. take it apart and clean all the ports and jets with fresh gas. drain the float bowl and fill it with fresh gas as well. if you are not familiar with carbs, best not take it apart yourself, or pay VERY close attention to how it came apart.

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