Chainsaw Safety Reminder

With all the storms that came through this evening in Atlanta and North Georgia, there are trees down everywhere. I passed by a huge tree in a church parking lot that was down in Peachtree Corners this evening. That being said, we know that chainsaws are gonna be pulled out of storage and put to work. Now is a good time to pause and remember safe operating practices for chainsaws.

Chainsaw Safety Reminder

Chainsaw Safety Reminder

Review all standard safety features on your saw. Below are just a few of the things to consider… but not an exhaustive list.

  1. Make sure the chain break works. This will cause the chain to stop immediately if kickback occurs.
  2. Make sure that your chainsaw is properly oiled. Bar oil keeps the chainsaw from overheating. It also ensures that the chain does not bind causing stress on the saw and therefore sudden jerking transferred to your hands and arms.
  3. Wear proper safety clothing when operating a chainsaw. Gloves, Goggles, Ear Protection, Footwear that will not slip, hard hat and leg protection such as chaps.
  4. Do not operate a chainsaw if the the chain is not sharp. This seems obvious, but forcing a saw to do more than it should do under regular use is dangerous to the user.
  5. You should read the user manual of your particular saw to cover any other safety features of your saw.

Check out the videos that STIHL USA have created about basic chainsaw operating procedures and safety measures.

If you need any help with your chainsaw, or need to purchase a new one, please let us know how we can help. When it comes to a chainsaw, you most definitely need someone who you can trust. We can get you the right size saw for your specific needs. We have safety equipment that we can recommend. We can service your old saw and sharpen chains if needed.

Stay safe.

YETI Coolers Howard Brothers Nora Collins

Wow. We were told that Father’s day would be a huge selling opportunity for the YETI Coolers, but being the first year that we’ve sold YETI Coolers here in Atlanta, we had no idea how crazy it would be.

Phone calls, web inquiries, folks walking in seeking out the coolers… It has been fun.

I was able to convince one of our cashiers in Oakwood to allow me to video her. She was a little nervous, but she did a great job.

It’s been fun to watch our employees become enthusiasts of the YETI coolers.

I really could not resist putting together this blooper video. This type of video shows who we are more than any other video that I can create. We try to be fun and relational with our customers and with each other.

Remember… It’s Bear Proof.

Give Nora a round of applause for stepping up to the challenge. Being in front of the camera can be intimidating, but she did a fantastic job.

Remember, we sell YETI Coolers in Oakwood and Duluth Georgia. Give us a call or come on in.

YETI Coolers Howard Brothers Nora Collins


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You’ve got just a little over a week to find a gift for dad. Perhaps dad needs a new Case Pocket Knife.

Case Knives Gifts for Dad - Father's Day 2013

Case Knives Gifts for Dad – Father’s Day 2013

Check out the knives that are included in the sale. Click here to download a PDF of the 4 page ad that was run in the newspaper… does anyone read newspapers anymore? Or you can click the Image below.

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These knives and prices are while supplies last only. We received a big shipment of these knives at our Oakwood store, but you may be lucky and find them at our Duluth or Doraville stores.

Don’t wait too long. Get in and get dad a Case Knife that he can use everyday of the year for many years to come.


Father's Day with Howard Brothers, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, Makita Power Tools and LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands

We’re partnering with 104.7 The Fish at LanierWorld Family Fun Park at Lake Lanier Islands Resort for CELEBRATE DADS DAY.

We’re celebrating Dads from all over Atlanta and giving them FREE ADMISSION with the special coupon below.

Father's Day with Howard Brothers, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, Makita Power Tools and LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands

Father’s Day with Howard Brothers, 104.7 The Fish Atlanta, Makita Power Tools and LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands

Howard Brothers and Makita will be onsite that morning to offer hands-on demonstrations of popular cordless power tools from Makita. Also, dads will have the opportunity to compete in the Power Tool Triathlon. Dads will be timed and have to complete various handy tasks with some cordless tools… with some help from the kids… to determine who is the best Handy Dad in Atlanta! The grand prize is an LXT218 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless 2-Piece Combo Kit from Makita. There will also be other prizes for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place participants.

(and there will be t-shirts… Everyone likes a free shirt!)

You’ll still have to pay for parking ($10.00 per vehicle), but you’ll get a great deal on admission and be able to enjoy all the fun things LanierWorld has to offer for the entire day.

LanierWorld on beautiful Lake Lanier is Georgia’s ultimate summer destination. LanierWorld has three sections: Sunset Cove, Big Beach and Family Fun Park.

  • Over a half-mile of white, sandy beaches
  • Dive-in family movies on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Live entertainment at Sunset Cove and Big Beach all summer long
  • A variety of dining options including Sunset Cove Beach Café and the new Gianni’s Italian Bistro and Pizzeria
  • Over a dozen wet rides, slides and attractions including Wild Waves, Georgia’s largest wave pool
  • LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands..its THE Ultimate Family Fun Destination!

Right-click on the coupon below and save it to your computer.
Print one copy off for each dad in your group and bring it with you to the park.

Matt Beverly, Howard Brothers, Alpharetta, GA

I recently had an opportunity to talk with Matt Beverly, the location manager for our newest store in Alpharetta.

Matt talks about the various brands, such as Exmark, Echo, ScagWalker and Honda that they sell over in Alpharetta. He also talks about the experience of the team in Alpharetta.

These guys in Alpharetta are ready to form long term relationships with our customers, whether they be home owners or business owners of landscaping companies.

Give the guys in Alpharetta a call or drop by and see them.

Howard Brothers Equipment Company
5860 Gateway Drive Alpharetta, GA 30004
Phone: (770) 754-4114
Fax: (770) 754-4116


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Matt Beverly, Howard Brothers, Alpharetta, GA

Matt Beverly, Howard Brothers, Alpharetta, GA

Leatherman Rebar

This is a very neat app that Leatherman put together on their Facebook page for Father’s Day. It is a quiz that will result in the perfect Leatherman for the dad in your life. (Hint… it also serves as a great place for you dads to drop hints to your kids and wives… well, wife. Hopefully there is only one.)

It is actually a pretty creative quiz. You should check it out if only to read through the questions and figure out what the perfect Leatherman for YOU is.

We think that every man should have a Leatherman tool. He should carry it around with him and be prepared for any task that needs a tool. You can get a lot done or fixed with a Leatherman.

We stock a HUGE selection of Leatherman tools at our stores in Duluth, Doraville and Oakwood. So when you get to the part of the quiz results that tells you to “choose a retailer” Think SMALL. Think LOCAL. Think HOWARDS!

Take the following quiz and then come into one of our stores to get that perfect gift that dad wants.

Leatherman Father's Day Gift Finder

Leatherman Father’s Day Gift Finder

By the way, my perfect Leatherman… was the Rebar. Anyone want to get me one?

Leatherman Rebar

Leatherman Rebar