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Get the Leaves Off Your Lawn!

I love this time of year. Fall in North Georgia is quite possibly the most beautiful time of the year. With mild weather, changing leaves, and abundance of pumpkins, apples, and other fall harvested fruits and veggies, what’s not to love about fall?

Well there is one thing – all those leaves that have been changing colors will start falling from the trees and will soon be sitting on your lawn.

Now it may be tempting to ignore these pesky leaves, or just wait until next week when more of their friends fall from the trees to join them on your otherwise beautiful lawn. However, getting those leaves off of your lawn sooner than later can help you maintain the health of your lawn and mean less work for you in the long run. Neglected leaves on your lawn may mean you’ll have to nurse your sun-starved grass back to health.

The longer the leaves sit, the more matted together the leaves will become and the less your lawn will be able to get the oxygen and sunlight that it needs.

off-lawnSo… It is time to use your best Clint Eastwood / Gran Torino impression… “Get off my Lawn!”

Getting leaves off your lawn doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore or even be terribly time consuming. If you have children, get them to help you. Make a game out of it, build a leaf pile and let them jump in it!

Or, don’t use a rake. Get a leaf blower to remove those leaves from your lawn even faster. Here are some quick links to products that we sell that you should consider:

You might even consider hooking up your bagger to your lawn mower and taking a little time to chop and vacuum them up. This would be an ideal time to create a compost bin. Making compost is good for your garden, wallet and the environment! It’s a simple way to practice organic gardening since you will reduce, reuse and recycle waste to maintain a healthy, beautiful garden. Adding compost to your garden can prevent plant diseases, reduce or eliminate the need for fertilizer and revitalize soil to encourage growth of your plants and flowers. Click here to learn more about creating a composting bin.

Whatever you do, don’t harm your grass later by ignoring the leaves that are falling on it now.

Demo EXMARK Vantage Mower VT651KA484 For Sale Alpharetta

How’s your mower fleet looking? Do you have one or two units that probably need to be replaced? Have you considered looking at the Exmark Vantage Stand-on mowers? This might be the deal for you.

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 25 PMWe’ve got a DEMO unit at our Alpharetta store that has 282 hours on it. It needs a home. We’ll be replacing it soon with a new model in our ZDT fleet (Did you know that we offer Zero Down Time on commercial mowers?) These ZDT units are eligible for financing and comes with a full manufacturers warranty.

So… How much?

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 21 PMWell, normally, the VT651KA484 sells for $8299 brand new. We’re clearing this one unit out for $6800!

We only have 1 of these, so if you’re a commercial account that needs it, pick up the phone and call NOW

Here’s the specifications that I’m sure you are excited to read:

Photo Oct 17, 10 46 27 PMNot surprisingly, the difference between our stand-on mowers and the competition’s starts with the operator platform. Both Vantage S- and X-Series mowers feature a large, rubber platform with self-compensating suspension that allows the operator to easily and comfortably shift his weight on hills for maximum control and maneuverability. Our patented thigh pads also comfortably conform to the operator’s legs, without interfering when the platform is folded up for storage, trailering or converting the Vantage to a walk-behind.

Engine: Kawasaki®
Model: FX651V
Displacement: 651
Drive System: Two Hydro Gear 10 cc pumps powering two Parker 12 cubic inch motors.
Speed: Infinitely variable speed selection 0–8.0 mph (12.9 kmph) forward, 0–4.0 mph (6.4 kmph) reverse
Fuel Capacity: 8-gallon (30.3-L), single fuel tank with single fill location.
CARB Compliant: No


Deck Construction: 10-gauge top that is formed and continuously seam welded, 7-gauge side skirt and 7-gauge formed and welded spindle mounting locations for improved strength and reduced weight.
Deck Style: Full-floating UltraCut Series 4. Side discharge standard, with molded discharge chute and option to bag or mulch.
Width: 48″ (121.92 cm)
Cutting Heights 1.0″ (2.54 cm) to 5.0″ (12.7 cm) in 0.25″ (0.64 cm) increments adjustable from the operator position.
Blades 3 Blades at 16.25″ Length
Blade-Tip Speed Approximately 18,500 fpm.

Even a Video!

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114

Echo WP-1000 Water Pump Priced to Sell

This year has been one of the wettest we’ve seen in Atlanta and North Georgia in a LONG time, which meant that we’ve had a lot more inquiries about and sold more water pumps than we have in the past this year.

Well, we have a few that we want to sell in order to make room for some new models coming out.

If you need a good general purpose water pump for pumping, draining, filling, and lawn and garden irrigation, the Echo WP-1000 is a great choice.


  • 21.1 cc engine with Pro-Fire electronic ignition
  • Cast iron volute for added durability
  • Comes complete with intake hose and filter
  • Discharges up to 28 gal. Per min and 1,680 gal. Per hr
  • Maximum suction lift of 24.6′
  • Total head discharge up to 70.4′


Engine Displacement (cc) 21.2
Carburetor Butterfly-Valve Diaphragm
Fuel Capacity (fl. oz.) 14
Starting System Standard
Run Time (min) 40
Maximum Delivery (gal/min) 28
Maximum Suction Lift (ft) 24.6
Maximum Total Head (ft) 95
Hose Size Inlet/Outlet (in) 1
Dimensions (in) 12.5L x 9.5W x 12.5H
Dry Weight (lbs) 12.3
Consumer Warranty 5 years
Commercial Warranty 2 years
Rental Warranty 90 days

These ECHO Water Pumps have been selling for $409, but are on close-out for $300.

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Alpharetta – 770-754-4114

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

Howard Brothers Duluth – 770-476-3006

Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500

Snapper S22675 22-Inch Push Lawn Mower Priced to SELL!

Do you need a simple no frills push lawn mower? You’ve got a small yard. You’ll never need a riding mower and self propelled models are really unnecessary too? Perhaps this mower has your name on it.

We’re clearing out some models in preparation for next year (it will be spring VERY soon) and have a small quantity of these Snapper S22675 675 Series 22-Inch Briggs & Stratton Gas Powered 2-In-1 Push Lawn Mowers in stock.

I like this review that someone posted on Amazon. Check it out:


After searching high and low for a push mower that was not self-propelled, made of plastic, or made by MTD, i found this Snapper. The mower is well built and constructed off a heavy duty deck (supposedly 14 gauge, but i could not confirm this on Snapper’s website). The baffle on the inside is bolted in and is stiff also. While this is not the quality of the Hi-Vac, it is not the price either. It comes with a solid B&S engine and all parts for the 3-in-1 mower, including the mulching, side-discharge, and bag. The handle is bolted in place and does not move around like on most other mowers this price.

Best of all, this mower does not have any additional gadgets, plastic molded cup holders on the handle, etc. there is a cosmetic piece of plastic across the front which is easily removed as it serves no discernible purpose. The only downfall to this mower, which is not fully expected at this price is the lack of solid wheel axles. Instead, the wheels are bolted on as on most mowers of this type at this price.

Overall, for the price, it was the best mower I found in this price range.

I’m not sure I could say it any better. This mower at standard price is an incredible deal for the right person. We sold these last spring for $329.99, but we need to move a couple off the floor now in preparation for fall equipment and next year’s models.


  • Side discharge or mulch
  • Manual height adjustment from 1-1/4-inch to 4-inch
  • 190-Cc 675 series Briggs & Stratton engine
  • 2-Year limited warranty

So… How much is it, you may ask?


That’s right.

But we don’t have many of them. They’re Brand new. They’ll have full manufacturer’s warranty. They’re assembled and ready to be loaded into your vehicle.

Seems like this would make a NICE Christmas present for someone in your life.


Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500


Snapper (3″) CS14503 305cc Chipper Shredder Priced to Sell

Got limbs?

Want Mulch?

How much wood, could a woodchuck chuck… if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

We’ve mentioned that we’re working on doing some inventory clear outs before next spring. We have a fantastic deal on a snapper zero turn mower that is priced to sell, but I bet this deal is gonna also be hard for someone to pass up on.

Let’s start with the deal, and then we’ll look at the specifics.

Photo Oct 16, 8 04 53 AMMSRP on this chipper/shredder is $1079

Our selling price is generally $929.99

We’re closing this out at $699.00!

We only have two at this price. First come…first served. They won’t last long!

Brand New. Full Manufacturers Warranty. Never been used. Financing Available (fees apply)


  • Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series® engine
  • 14-inch laminated steel rotor
  • Two chipping knives
  • 34-inch, low-profile hopper
  • Chips limbs up to 3-inch in diameter

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

Howard Brothers Oakwood – 678-450-0500

Snapper Zero Turn Mower ZT2246 Priced to Sell

Update: 10/16/13 2:35pm

Like I said, these won’t last long. We just sold our last one at Oakwood. Only have one more left at Doraville. Don’t delay!


Believe me, I bet the last thing you’re thinking about as we are in the middle of October is cutting grass, but bear with me a moment. This could be the best thing that happened to your Saturday mornings since College Game Day on ESPN.

We’ve got a couple Brand New Snapper Zero Turn Mower ZT2246 that we need to sell.

This is not a demo. It is not used. It is brand new and on our showroom floor. It will receive full manufacturer’s warranty and can be financed (with a small fee.)


22HP/646cc Briggs & Stratton Pro Series V-Twin Engine
•Runs cooler & cleaner delivering more power, better fuel economy
•Full pressure lube system with spin-on oil filter
•Dura-Bore™ cast iron cylinder sleeve withstands wear and abuse

Hydro-Gear EZT Hydrostatic Transmission
•Provides responsive manueverability and a smoother ride
•Forward speeds up to 6 mph; up to 3 mph in reverse

46-Inch, 3-Blade Mower Deck
•14-gauge stamped steel design with aluminum greaseable arbors
•Anti-scalp wheels allow the deck to float over the turf
•Electric height-of-cut adjustment
•Electric PTO

Easy Access Control Panel
•Finger tip control of throttle, mower engagement & height-of-cut

Cast Iron Axle Pivots With Ground Contours
•Allows the mower to ride smoothly over the lawn


This Mower has been selling in our stores for $2999, but we need to get rid of this one before next year’s mowers (models) come in.

How does $1000 off that price sound? First come, first served. This mower WILL sell at $1999. It is a steal for a residential consumer who has a good sized lawn, and has been using a push mower or even a rear or front engine rider lawn tractor. This will cut your cutting time A LOT and give you more time to do other things on Saturdays instead of cutting grass.

Photo Oct 16, 8 05 04 AM

Give us a call or email us if you are interested, but don’t delay.

Howard Brothers Doraville – 770-449-6500

What the Pros Say about STIHL

Watch and hear what professional landscapers think about Outdoor Power Equipment; what they use, what they look for in their tools and what gives them the best value.

This is why Howard Brothers is the largest STIHL dealer in the world. We registered another 50 units that we sold over the weekend this morning for our customers. It’s time for you to become a STIHL owner. If they’re good for these businesses who use them everyday, they’re good for your home use!

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Government Shutdown Doesn’t Stop Landscaping at Nation’s Capital

You’ve probably heard this story, but if you haven’t it is too good to miss.

Chris Cox, a chain-saw sculptor from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina decided to take his 21″ walk behind lawn mower, his backpack blower and his tree truck to the nation’s capital to help maintain the Lincoln Memorial.

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This is totally non political. Chris is just picking up the trash and maintaining the grounds, while none others were. Over the weekend he received help from others who visited Washington DC to join the cause. Now there are dozens who have joined forces to create the memorial militia.

Chris, you have our thanks and support. Thanks for your passion and work ethic.



How to Deal with the Worst Night in Atlanta Sports History

I just heard last night referred to as “The worst night in Atlanta Sports History.” Ouch

The Falcons losing on Monday Night football to the Jets and the Braves getting bounced from the playoffs by the Dodgers really does sting this morning.

So what are you gonna do to get over it?

Let me suggest a few things around the house that you’ve probably neglected these past few weeks. Take that anger and dismay and apply yourself to get a few projects done!

  • Fescue! Time to overseed. You gotta do it NOW if you’re gonna do it at all this year. Don’t delay. The window is closing on you.
  • If you’ve got bermuda or Zoysia, you should be putting down some weed preventor to control winter weeds like chickweed and bluegrass. Can we suggest Howard Seed and Fertilizer?
  • How about get your flowerbeds in order with some fall pansies. Do you need a mini-tiller to make that work go quicker?
  • Get ready for your last cut of the year on your lawn. And prepare to winterize your equipment correctly.
  • Paint! You probably have family coming for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Is there any interior (or exterior) painting that you need to get taken care of now?
  • How’s your insulation looking? Do you have any pipes that are near exterior walls that could be insulated with simple pipe insulation. You could grab a water heater blanket and seal out cold air which will result in energy savings and protection against freeze.

Even days like today are great days to get started and complete projects around your home. If you have any questions, visit one of our locations and we’ll be sure to get you what you need to get the job done right.