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Echo Power Equipment One Day Sale – August 24, 2016


I’d like to be able to say “Mark Your Calendars” for this event, but if you blink, you’ll miss it. Prepare now. Stop In and Save Big!

Next Wednesday, August 24th at our Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood stores, we’re going to be having an Echo Power Equipment One Day Sale.

On August 24th only, we’ll be offering discounts of 20% off All Echo, Bearcat and Shindaiwa equipment. This is only on new equipment. Parts and Service on Echo is not eligable, but this is a FANTASTIC deal.

  • Prepare for Leaf Season with all Echo Blowers being 20% off.
  • Get a head’s start on Christmas Presents for that guy or gal who prefers professional grade equipment.

All Echo equipment is professional-grade and designed to be Easy Starting, Long Lasting and User Friendly. Whether you’re a pro or a DIYer, you can count on Echo to perform.

Watch this video for a sample of some of the great deals on the 24th.

Choose from Chainsaws, Power Pruners, Blowers, Shred ‘n’ Vac, Edgers, Trimmers, Brushcutters, Hedge Trimmers, Bed Redefiners, Sprayers, The Pro Attachment Series (PAS), Tillers, Engine Drills, Water Pumps. All 20% off.

Check out our inventory online of Echo Power Equipment, or better yet, stop into one of our stores in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood and Prepare for the Sale!


Southern Nursery Association SEGreen Conference at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia -August 31 – September 1, 2016


asset-1459457206691We are excited to announce that we’re going to be at the SEGreen Conference at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia on August 31 – September 1, 2016.

SEGreen is a new event that has been created by the Southern Nursery Association. The SNA has a history that goes back to 1899! Ultimately they have a goal of improving the horticultural industry. They work with growers and nurseries across the southeast United States. This conference will have both a marketplace and an educational component.

  • asset-1460134320979The Marketplace will allow attendees to view ornamental trees and shrubs, color, equipment and related landscape and outdoor living products,  garden gifts and accessories, seasonal products, and more. (that’s where will be… More about us in a minute)
  • The Educational tracks are geared towards growers, landscapers and retailers. You’ll gain insight on the best new plants and products, economics, trends, IPM, equipment safety, ways to build business and increase profit, and solutions to some of your toughest issues – while connecting with the top industry professionals from across the Southeast.

Now, how does Howard Brothers see this conference as a relevant place for us?

Well, obviously both landscapers and growers have been our customers for years. Many of us go back 30, 40, 50+ years in the northeast Georgia area. The relationship between landscapers and growers has always been strong, but recently we’ve seen many newer/younger landscapers jumping into business, and they often find it difficult to navigate WHERE to source plants for installation and projects.

We think SEGreen Landscape Conference provides a perfect platform for our landscape pros to gain valuable knowledge and expand their business!

Landscape Architects, Landscape Designers, Landscape Installation Contractors, Landscape Maintenance Contractors, Landscape Irrigation Contractors, Urban and Regional Landscape Planners, Erosion and Sediment Control Contractors, Arborists… there’s something for everyone!

Now… of course, you’re not gonna find shrubs and perennials in our booth. We don’t grow plants! But we will have plenty of equipment on site that both landscapers and growers use everyday in their industries.

So, Landscapers, take 5 minutes and read up on SeGreen and see how you can Make More Green in your Wallet.

By the way, while you’re in Athens, you can check out our new store… before we do our remodel 🙂

Visit SEGREEN.org for More Information

What to Expect When you Come to Howard Brothers for Power Equipment

There is a difference between going to a big box home improvement store vs going to a local business. If you visit one of our 5 locations around town, we hope that you experience that difference.

If you come to Howard Brothers for Power Equipment needs, you’ll be thrust into a conversation with one of our sales reps (who have been with our organization for 5, 10, 20, 30 years… you might even talk to John or Doug Howard themselves.) Our goal is to make sure that you get the right equipment for your needs. We honestly do not want to see you again with troubles. We only want to see you because you love the products and service you received from us… and you’re wanting to upgrade or add to your fleet.

Erick Herman took a moment recently to talk about some of the questions he presents when a new customer comes in for the first time. He wants to find out if the customer is going to be using his equipment as a residential or commercial user. Then there is a litany of questions from there that will aide him in determining the optimal brand/product for that customer.

You’ll see that our sales team looks at physical characteristics of our customers, they ask specific property questions, and many other questions to zero in on the best product for the need.

Stop by any of our five stores in Doraville, Duluth, Oakwood, Alpharetta and Athens to get the best outdoor power equipment that will give you years of great use.



True Value Bargains of the Month – August 2016

Bargains of the Month – August 2016

August is rolling in and we can hold on to the summer for a week or two more before it’s back to school for our nation’s youth (this is followed by some sighs of relief – I’m sure). It’s been a great summer that will soon come to a close, but we will be able to remember Rio 2016 and the athletes that represented our country.

Even with all those big events going on, you probably know a lot of people moving. It’s the middle of lease season when the tenants become forwarding addresses and leasers become inhabitants. Just in the last month, I myself have had to help about four different people move; often makes me want to hide the information about the SUV I drive and my generally open weekends.

Regardless, it’s always time to stock up and make sure you’re prepared for the move. We have a great set of deals this month stacking up around your – or someone-you-know’s – move. From the leaving, to the moving, to the settling in, we definitely have what is needed at our Doraville, Duluth, or Oakwood Hardware Stores.

Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Batteries

Duracell AAA, AA, C, D, or 9V Batteries

When it comes to, well, everything nowadays… you need batteries.

You just do. This Geek knows.

When it comes to moving, you probably need it for that security deposit you’ve been praying for all year. That means that you have to have everything working again, which can be a few batteries away from keeping that Smoke Alarm on High Alert and the Thermostat from blanking out.

Renters are always looking for a reason to keep your money! Don’t give them one; pick up a pack of batteries starting at 5.99.

Folding Handle Platform TruckLeTruck

Now that you have that cash in hand, you’re gonna need some assistance with those boxes. Some of your friends might have plans (excuses), but a few will show up.


Either way, you’re going to need more help than that, and introducing the Folding Handle Platform Truck!

This small cart can assist you with anything! Well, as long as it involves moving something. From tall stacks of boxes to that awkward-to-carry dresser, this cart will deliver results and then fold up for the next job.

24.99 is a low price to pay for a few extra hands.


Raid 17.5-oz. Wasp and Hornet or 18-oz. Flying Insect Killer SprayRaidddd

Once you’re all packed up and at the new pad (that’s still hip to say, right?), there’s always time for future-proofing. Some critters might be hiding in a post-uninhabited area and might be in great need of some expulsion for your own sake.

Spraying a few new nests and clearing out that mystery spot you missed before the lease-signing would help you sleep at night.

Especially that weird first night where you wake up and forget where you are, you’re going to need all of the help you can get. The mini-freak-out the following morning is mandatory.

Come grab a can or two for only 4.99 with an additional $2 Mail-In Rebate.

Organizer Desk Lamp with Built-In USB PortLampy

After you have everything moved in and you’ve found out what you’ve lost, then you need to fill in those empty spaces. Not enough light in that corner over yonder? Never fear, for this Organizer Desk Lamp!

Grabbing a small lamp to light up a corner can completely define a new room, and with a Built-In USB port, you even have an extra charging station! WOW! Crazy.

Honestly though, if you really wanted to go grab a Wall Block to charge your phone up, it’d cost 19.99 anywhere else. Grab a Handy Little Light with a Handy Little Pen Holder and a Handy Little USB Port. It’s a win, win, win.

12” Convertible Stand/Table FanFan!

Now you’re settled in for the most part. You’ve taken care of the missing pieces of furniture and finally have food in the house, so you need to sit and relax for a bit. Whether it is in the Living Room with the Half-Assembled Entertainment Center, or the Bedroom missing a nightstand temporarily, you want a nice breeze flowing your way. We at Howard Brothers have just the thing.

With a 12” Convertible Stand or Table Fan, it’s the perfect personal chill machine. You can set it up on a table or just let it sit on the floor – of which you’ll have a lot of it to sit on.

Take a break! Enjoy it for only 19.99

Alpo Prime Cut 47-lb. Dry Dog FoodAlpoPrimeCuts

Just when you thought it was time to Catch Some Z’s, or Catch up on Game of Thrones – to each his/her own – you forgot about Scruffy.

The dog has always been a team player, but it does need to eat. Treat it to a victory feast like it deserves.

“We made it!”

With that endless checklist flowing through your head, it can be easy to forget the little things. Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel rushed, just be prepared beforehand and grab a Bag for Man’s Best Friend for only 19.99.

He’ll still love you, just more this way. Good boy, Scruffy.

Good Job You for the Great Move!


Tom Hanks Moving to Lawrenceville?

Click bait titles. They stink. You’re checking out what’s going on in the world of your friends and family on facebook, and all of the sudden one of your friends shares an article about “The top 10 uses of WD40 that the democratic party doesn’t want you to know about.”

OK. That didn’t necessarily happen to me yesterday, but one of my friends on facebook did lure me with a click bait link. He posted a link to an article that was purporting that Oscar winning actor, Tom Hanks was moving to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

I clicked on it and immediately realized that it was a satirical news site. Not true. In fact there is probably some code behind the post that allows “Lawrenceville” to be exchanged for any small town city name in America.

Alas, Tom Hanks is probably NOT moving to Lawrenceville, Georgia.

But all day long, I was thinking about Tom Hanks roles and at some point I visualized Forrest Gump on his Snapper Lawn Tractor.

And it got me thinking… What kind of mower would Forrest Gump use today. Surely, he wouldn’t use a lawn tractor.

“Stupid is as stupid does.”


I think Forrest Gump would spend some of that Bubba Gump Shrimp Company money on an Exmark Lazer Z.

He’d know that comparing a zero-turn to lawn tractor is really no comparison.

  • His productivity would be greater
  • His maneuverability would be easier
  • His quality of cut would be more professional
  • The durability of the mower would be the best there is.

The bottom line is the Exmark Lazer Z would probably be the last mower that Forrest Gump would need to buy.


Soon, Forrest would be saying:

“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little mow. So I mowed to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d mow to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just mow across Gwinnett County. And I figured, since I mowed this far, maybe I’d just mow across the great state of Georgia. And that’s what I did. I mowed clear across Georgia. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I mowed clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.” – Forrest




Pride in Legacy: A Couple of Decades Later

The year was 1996, when just down the road we hosted the greatest athletic competition in history: The Olympics. In Georgia, there was a great sense of pride in our city and state. Southern hospitality was given to all who came from every competing country on the planet. For the first time thus far in our history, we were able to take MARTA towards Midtown, or hop in our cars to various venues around the state, to root not for the Dawgs or the Yellow Jackets, but instead for the team we call our nation.

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True Value Bargains of the Month – July 2016

Today we come back to an old tradition of our monthly announcements of sorts. All it took was telling someone else to do it! We apologize for sorrowed hearts, but we know our cult following needed that cliffhanger to keep the passion growing, but I digress.

As we go into our Nation’s birthday days from now, we have a lot to be thankful for: grilling out, a good game of catch, or even just the possibility that humidity will be below 99% here in North Georgia.

July bargains of the monthThey’re all blessings in their own way, but even then we can get pulled back to reality when things start breaking, which we all know happens in a giant wave of displeasure. The Car, the A/C, the Remote, even Grandpa’s Old Recliner!

When that happens, you have Howard Brothers around to help you out of the rut. We carry the tools and supplies necessary that you often just won’t find anywhere else. Plus, we got them on sale! Check it out:


DeWalt 34-Piece socket SetDewalt 34-Pc. Standard and Metric Socket Set

First up on the list is the Dewalt Socket Set. Let’s face it, we all need one. With all of the tiny screws and miscellaneous tidbits manufacturers put on their cars, we need all the help we can get.

From removing all of the unnecessary decorative plastic to taking off that last Alternator screw, this small, organized tool set will produce. It doesn’t even stop there when you start getting into the nitty gritty of other household duties, but I’ll leave that to your own imagination.

Be prepared. Grab one in your nearest Howard Brothers Hardware Section for only 29.99.

Rayovac AA or AAA Alkaline BatteriesRayovacBatteries

Next we have some Rayovac Batteries. AA’s and AAA’s seem to always be the elusive type when you need them; either you left them only God knows where in the laundry room or someone (obviously not you) forgot to buy some last time you ran out.

We do have the choice between AA and AAA, but the elusive mystery of the existence of an ‘A’ Battery will always haunt us.

Grab a pack or two to keep the supply going for only 4.99 a piece, either size.

FiltreteFilterAllergen Defense Air Filters

Have you ever worked with someone that will never stop sneezing next to you? You try to keep up with them, but it seems you’ll run out ‘Bless you’s without Holy intervention. With our A/C’s on full blast all of July, the airflow is always a factor.

With our 3M Filtrete systems you can cut down on the snotty blues and get on with your work. They come in a variety of sizes to make sure they – wait for it – FIT your needs.

Pun intended.

Grab one in your nearest Howard Brothers Hardware Store for just 8.49.

Pennzoil Conventional Motor Oil Qt.Pennzoil Conventional

We all know the power of regular preventative maintenance, even if we don’t always keep to it 100%. Sometimes we can really forget how much a 20-minute oil change (if that) can save us from a costly weekend project.

With those older cars and trucks we drive, the conventional stuff just works better. Like our human elders, they sometimes like to spring leaks. Slowing things down just a little makes a big difference.

Keep that Silverado (Sorry Ford fans, not sorry Dodge fans) running to 300,000 and then some for only 2.99 a quart.

Like I saw on a bumper sticker one time, “I’d rather push my Volvo than drive a Prius”.

SwifferWetJetSwiffer WetJet Mop Starter Kit

After it’s all said and done, you have that car battery charging again, the yard mowed, and you’re about sit down with that aluminum can of sweet victory… Then you realized you messed up.

You look down to see those 7-year-old Nike’s covered in who knows what, and you just dragged that who knows what all over the entire house. The tracks lead to only one place, your doom.

Thinking quick, you realize that Howard Brothers has their Swiffer WetJet on sale for only 19.99! Hop in that newly repaired vehicle and make your way over, before it’s too late.

2-Speed Chillout Tower FanChilloutTowerFan

After it’s *actually* all said and done, you really need to – wait for it – CHILL OUT.

I’ll be here all summer, folks!

We have on sale the ever wonderful Personal Tower Fan to remind you of what it’s not like to be in Georgia weather: cool, controlled, and with just the perfect breeze.

You’ve done good, now it’s time to let your sweaty, greasy hair know the same satisfaction, especially with the low price of only 12.99.

Make Your Neighbors Jealous with Ice Cream – White Mountain Ice Cream Makers

When it comes down to it, we all love ice cream. It’s just a fact.

Ice cream is part of our childhood, from all the sticky situations, stained carpets, and ruined shirts. It was always a hearty challenge to fight the melted mess of a chocolate cone that mostly ended up as military-spec camo over our faces.

The best part, however, was the few times we were given the ingredients, a couple of plastic bags, and told we could make it ourselves by mixing it all up, closing the bags firmly, and then shaking violently. I’m not sure of the genius who thought of this idea, but in the end you had the opportunity to consume Rock Salt flavored mush with just a hint of vanilla with a plastic spoon.

Rocket science, I swear.

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