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Have not used the Mantis for one year. Cannot get it started with the fresh gas mixture.

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Clean carb!!

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You should be able to go to the Mantis web site and download the owners manual. To start, make sure the switch in turned on, push the fuel primer bulb several times (until you feel resistance), pull the choke out all the way and pull the starter rope until it fires. Then, push the choke half way in and it should start. Let it run a 30 seconds to 1 minute and then push the choke all the way in. Be sure you are using the currect fuel/oil mixture with fresh gas and oil. If you have not done so already clean the air filter and replace the spark plug at the recommended interval.

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My mantis wqn't start. I have cleaned the fiter changed, the spark plug and put new gas in it.


If it has been sitting for a few months, remove and check your spark plug. If it is wet it is getting fuel. Replace it if worn or fouled but that is doubtful unless you have had it for quite some time. Then get some 100% acetone (Wal-Mart or a beauty supply store) and add a couple of ounces of it to your fresh gas mixture in the mantis fuel tank. This will clean out build up in your carb, etc. Try to start it several times. If unsuccessful after several pulls, let it set for a while. Do this several times until it sounds like it wants to start. Using this procedure it eventually will. This website has a video for detailed instructions to adjust the carb should that be necessary. It is actually quite simple. http://www.alamia.us/mantis_parts_s/148.htm

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We purchased a mantis 2 cycle garden tiller new and have only used it 3 times. it has only been used maybe 1 hour total and now it wont start at all. what can we do to get it to start?


Empty mantis fuel tank. Remove and check spark plug. Replace with Champion CJ8Y or NGK BPM7Y if necessary. Gap is .6mm - .7mm or .024" - .028". Prepare fresh fuel/oil mixture. Add fresh fuel to tank along with 2 ounces of 100% acetone (available at walmart) - this will remove deposits inside of mantis from sitting for prolonged periods. Try to start several times. If unsuccessful let mantis sit for a while. Do this several times if necessary. Eventually it will try to start. If it will not remain started then you are successful in completing the previous section. Next you need to watch this video and do what it says. It is actually quite simple.

http://www.alamia.us/mantis_parts_s/148.htm

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First check that your Mantis needs an oil/gas mixture, most of the newer Mantis tillers have four-stroke motors meaning they have oil in the crankcase and use straight gas. If your Mantis needs oil mixed in the gas use a 50:1 ratio. That's usually 2.6 ounces of two-cycle oil (it's sold in bottles that size) to one gallon of gas but read the oil bottle to get the proper mix ratio.

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One screw is fuel and one is air, try turning the screws in all the way then open three turns and start from there.

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I am borrowing my father-in-law's chainsaw. He is only here in the summer. I used his pre-mixed gas from last summer. It started well and ran super for about 20 minutes and then it faded, like short of...


sounds like the carburetor's getting plugged up. First, sta-bil doesn't burn that great, so you may want to dump it and start over. If the fuel has already sat for that long, sta-bil won't help it anyways. You want to start with fresh gas, with the proper mixture. If that doesn't solve it, you can look at the wide open mixture screw and see if you can tune it better.

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Mantis 2-stroke tiller won't start


This could be one of several problems...
• Last year's fuel. Get some fresh gas.
• Every 2-stroke needs a new spark plug each year... you know what that means.
• Clogged carb jets due to storing the tiller over the winter with fuel in the system. Never, ever do that. Now you'll need to pull the carb apart and clean it. Most of the orifices are so tiny you can't see them. Good luck.
• Engine is so old the crankshaft seals have hardened with age. This is one reason no 2-stroke lasts longer than about 8 years. If the seals are shot, then it will cost more to fix than a new one costs. Time to toss it.

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Chain saw starts with starting fluid only but will not run.


Hi lwhssh:
Suggest you drain the fresh gas/oil and add a fresh batch but first add a gas stabilizer to your batch of gas/oil in the storage container. You will probably still need to use starting fluid for a few times When 2 cycle engines sit for a long period of time, the gas/oil mixture undergoes a change and tends to leave a residue on the delicate parts of the carb. The gas stabilizer will help that.

I always do the following for 2 cycle engines when I put them up for the winter. Empty the gas container on the device and then start it to use up any gas left in the fuel lines and carb. this keeps any residue from forming.

Hope this helps Good luck Loringh PS please leave a rating if appropriate. Thanks

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