This weekend, we’ll be at the North Atlanta Trade Center at The Great American Motorcycle Show. This has become a regular show for us to attend. You may ask what we have that would be of any interest to motorcycle enthusiasts… You’d be surprised.
We are gearing up for spring, which means that we’re taking care of some projects that we’ve been wanting to work on in the store for the last few months. Like 2011, there wasn’t much of a winter lull in business. The commercial landscaping industry in Atlanta is still firing on all cylinders. February is when we have our biggest sales event of the year (and we’re really excited about what we’re planning for this year on February 13.)
It is interesting to review our web site web analytics. We are able to see what search keyword or phrase people originally searched on Google that ultimately resulted with that visitor hitting our web site. In the past 24 hours we’ve had over a hundred visitors to our website based upon some variation of that question.
We’ve mentioned many times before that new fuels with various amounts of ethanol are causing havoc on small engines, but did you hear the latest news about ethanol / E15 fuel and what AAA and 10 car companies are saying about the fuel?
Believe it or not, but in 2011, we sharpened over 2000 chainsaw chains. That’s a lot of teeth!
Close your eyes and do some visualization with me. You pull out the chainsaw that gets used two or three times a year. You put on your chaps, goggles and helmet. You make sure everything is oiled and lubed up. You may have even called your neighbor and bragged about the tree you’re about to cut up just to see if he has something that needs a trim. Then you pull the cord.
If it is any brand other than a STIHL, you prime and choke and pull the cord and repeat. Finally, it fires up. You release the brake and proceed to place the bar to the tree. “Is this thing cutting funny?? It isn’t cutting on its own. I’m not even sure it is cutting at all…”
Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready to use your chainsaw and realizing that the chain is dull. Perhaps even a tooth or two are missing. What do you do?
Have you seen the commerical airing on TV right now about the KobaltTools Double Drive Screwdriver?
It states at the end that it is “Exclusively at Lowes”
Except that True Value stores have had this tool since June 2012. We call it the Swift Driver. In fact, I blogged about the Swift Driver back in June.
Let’s compare these two product videos…
Yeah. It was exclusive to True Value at the time too. They got great reviews in nationwide publications and we sold a bunch of these. The Swift Driver makes a great father’s day gift. It is a great tool that really does speed up your work.
Pretty much the same tool, ain’t it. So… if you want, you can dial the 1800 number or you can go pick one up at your Big Box Lowes, but just so you know… we’re selling them too. Buy and support local. In fact, you can buy a Swift Driver online at our online store.
I love this video that our friends at Georgia Boot made. Check it out:
Most people know that we are authorized dealers for brands such as Exmark, STIHL, Walker, Ventrac, Echo, Honda and Scag. There are a lot of other brands that we represent that don’t get talked about as much, but they are still a big part of why the commercial landscape professional considers Howard Brothers the “goto” place in Atlanta.
I had the opportunity to help a gentlemen at our Doraville store today. He needed eighteen 1 inch by 6 inch bolts. He had a new piece of equipment that he was setting up. He was using the fasteners as reinforcements to some legs that had been destroyed in shipping.
Did he call first to see if we had them before he came over? No. He knew better.