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Old March 2, 2015   #31
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Am I correct? I come from working construction. You buy your tool one time if at all possible. I would guess this is the same in Gardening? Beale.
I would agree, some of my tools are over 30 years old and will out last me.

I was at Sears a few years ago looking at hoes I wanted to buy one for a friend.
They had a craftsman hoe there and stamped in huge letters on the face of the hoe was China, I was so turned off by this I walked out.
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I would have also!! Beale!
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Old March 2, 2015   #33
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I liked my gas Mantis, but a few years ago it stopped running. I suspect deposits clogged the carb, but I just haven't had a chance to get a replacement on it. It is small enough to do a great job in my raised beds. I haven't tried their electric unit, but if I had power at my garden I would be really tempted!
My mantis started acting up last year. Would not idle and ran really rough so I was thinking of replacing the carb. I bought a bottle of "Mechanic in a Bottle" at Home Depot and ran some through the Mantis for around 15 min. Been running great now. The bottle has instructions for trying it with something that does not run at all. Fixed my generator to; it would not run without the choke.
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Old March 3, 2015   #34
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I would agree, some of my tools are over 30 years old and will out last me.

I was at Sears a few years ago looking at hoes I wanted to buy one for a friend.
They had a craftsman hoe there and stamped in huge letters on the face of the hoe was China, I was so turned off by this I walked out.
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I scour second hand stores and yard sales for older tools. I've been doing this for a good decade now and have amassed a solid collection of tools and gardening implements that were made in the U.S.A.

It disgusts me that it's difficult to find anything made in this country.

With that being said I did purchase an Estwing hammer last summer. Beautifully crafted in this country.
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My mantis started acting up last year. Would not idle and ran really rough so I was thinking of replacing the carb. I bought a bottle of "Mechanic in a Bottle" at Home Depot and ran some through the Mantis for around 15 min. Been running great now. The bottle has instructions for trying it with something that does not run at all. Fixed my generator to; it would not run without the choke.
Thanks for that tip, @frankbenjones - I'll check it out!
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My mantis started acting up last year. Would not idle and ran really rough so I was thinking of replacing the carb. I bought a bottle of "Mechanic in a Bottle" at Home Depot and ran some through the Mantis for around 15 min. Been running great now. The bottle has instructions for trying it with something that does not run at all. Fixed my generator to; it would not run without the choke.
ANOTHER GREAT PRODUCT FOR THE SAME PROBLEM IS SEAFOAM.

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Rogue Hoes are USA Made. Very High Price. I looked at them and Have found one I like for under $40.00 Free shipping. Any comment on their quality? Beale.
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I own a couple of Rogue hoes and it is probably the best tool I own. They are made from agricultural discs with nice ash handles. They hold a very sharp edge for a long time and the handles hold up to a beating. I am part of a group of volunteer trail builders here in KC and we use them almost exclusively to build natural surface singletrack trails. We easily have a 100 tools among our group and people have nothing but good things to say. I can't recommend them enough.
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Thank You! That may be the way I go For sure, Beale.
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Rogue hoes are definitely high quality. You pay for that quality, but it is a fair price. I don't mind paying for quality. Of course I also sometimes buy whatever is cheap. What I don't like is paying more for a product just because it is "made in USA" when actually there is no quality advantage. In the case of Rogue hoes, you actually get that extra quality above and beyond the high price. It actually is a bargain.
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Rogue hoes are definitely high quality. You pay for that quality, but it is a fair price. I don't mind paying for quality. Of course I also sometimes buy whatever is cheap. What I don't like is paying more for a product just because it is "made in USA" when actually there is no quality advantage. In the case of Rogue hoes, you actually get that extra quality above and beyond the high price. It actually is a bargain.
Thank you also! I am for sure going to order one! Beale.
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I could make these Rogue type hoes all day long.
Maybe I'm in the wrong business.

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ANOTHER GREAT PRODUCT FOR THE SAME PROBLEM IS SEAFOAM.

JON
A lot of folks have had success with sea foam. My chipper shredder has carb issues maybe a clogged jet. Runs great on full choke only, I am going to try the sea foam before I go any further. It's a Briggs and Stratton

Back to small tillers. My situation was the same as PA Julia started with the small Honda great machine started expanding and purchased a rear tine tiller.
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Hey y'all want to check out a high $$ hoe? Look at this one.

http://www.redpigtools.com/Hazel-Hoe_p_1254.html
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I had my first Mantis for 20 years and passed to my father-in-law. It still runs great, I just wanted a new one, and I bought the same thing again. They also honored the lifetime tine warranted as well when mine finally broke after 15 years. That little tiller is a beast and worth every penny.
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