Introduction: How to Make a "MAD MANTIS" Weedeater Cultivator
Step 1: Used Weedeater
I have had this weed eater for several years now .Been very reliable and is expensive one at that too. Its a stihl 26 cc straight shaft for bush whackin attachments .
Step 2: Tiller Attachment
This is the tiller attachment for my 4 stroke troybilt weed eater that didnt get used because of bending over so far to get it to work properly.
Step 3: Disassembling
I unscrewed the motor and the handle bars from the straight shaft weed eater
Step 4: Putting Things Together
I simply put the weedeater motor on the tiller attachment until it bottomed out on the shaft. Then tightened up the screw.
Step 5: Making the Frame
I cut 2 pieces of 5/8 black iron pipe 4 feet long
Step 6: Drilling
I measured 4 holes to match the bolt holes on top of the tiller attachment . Drilled 4 1/4 inch holes.
Step 7: Frame Assembly
I bolted the bars on the top of the tiller attachment.
Step 8: Bending the Frame
I measured 6 inches back from the end of the pipe and made a cut on each bar so i could bend the pipe until it came up against the back of the motor, and then welded the cuts back together.
Step 9: Frame Brace
I drilled 2 1/4 inch holes through the pipe and into the back of the motor frame .Careful not to drill through the fuel tank. and bolted it together for stability.
Step 10: Handle Bar Bracket
I welded a piece of inch and a half square tubing on top of the two ends of tubing.Then welded a 1 inch nipple on top.
Step 11: Adjusting the Handle Bars.
I fitted the handle bars for comfort and there ya go . A mantis is about 3 to 4 hundred dollars . I built this for under 25 dollars. And the best part is ,when i m done with it and i want to switch it back to the expensive weedeater i can with no problems.
Here is a link on youtube to watch it in action.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPnwbMImxKU