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Echo created this amazing info-graph recently that reminds us about the dangers that Ethanol could cause for small engines in power equipment.

The key to a healthy fuel hygiene is:

  1. Only purchase recommended fuel for your equipment.
  2. Only buy enough fuel for a maximum of 30 days at a time.
  3. Use self-venting fuel containers that keep air from your fuel.
  4. Use recommended fuel stabilizers and oil mix
  5. Shake your fuel container before use. It really does help.
  6. Store your fuel container in a dry and cool area between use.
  7. Drain fuel from equipment if storing for longer than 30days.

This list is even a littler conservative. It is best to totally rethink your use of gasoline in small engines. We see way too many repair situations that were caused by fuel related damage.


Ethanol in Echo Power Equipment Fuels

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Our popular Lawn Mower Service While You Wait is back!

Get your mower ready for spring. Beat the crowds, save time, and save money too. Bring your Honda, Exmark, or Snapper 21 inch rotary lawn mower in to one of our 4 locations for its regular tune-up appointment. We expect each appointment to take about 30 minutes of your time from the moment we unload your mower to the time we load it back again.

Promotion includes parts and labor:

  • Replace Spark Plug
  • Clean and/or replace Air Filter
  • Change Oil
  • Replace fuel with fresh “Ethanol Shield” treated fuel
  • Sharpen blade or replace those displaying 50% wear
  • Inspect and advise of any potential repair concerns

All this for $74.99

Schedule Your Lawn Mower Tune-Up Appointment Below:

alpharetta doraville

duluth oakwood

Remember, this is a pre-season tune-up preventive maintenance promotion only. Any repairs needed, not falling under the guidelines of this promotion, must be checked in and processed through our normal repair procedures and guidelines.

Mower Repairs Requiring Additional Time, Parts and Labor:

  • Starter Recoil
  • Carburetor Cleaning resulting from stale fuel
  • Transmission and/or blade belt replacement
  • Tire and/or wheel replacement
  • Other

In the event you require further repairs, your payment will be applied to the total repair costs of your machine. All mowers must be in working condition to qualify for this offer. Available dates and times may be expanded based upon customer demand.


Honda, Exmark, Snapper Lawn Mower Service While You Wait Atlanta

This is the latest spot from Echo Power Equipment which aired on 680 The Fan during the month of February. Chuck Oliver reminds us that Echo equipment puts the finishing touches on the lawn care jobs to make your work pay off from edging the driveway to blowing away the extra clippings.

Call or come in to any of the four Howard Brothers locations in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth or Oakwood for your Echo parts and service.

(Transcript Below)

Sunday Sunday Sunday… the last thing you want to do is spend all day on yard-work. Keep that sure project short with professional grade outdoor power equipment from echo and howardbrothers

Echo has you covered no matter what you’re looking for. When you’re gonna edge the yard, when you’re gonna blow off the driveway, when you’re gonna put that finishing touch on the best lawn in the neighborhood, turn where the pros do. That is echo and howard brothers.

22 of the top 25 professional landscaping companies in atlanta… howard brothers customers. And more than ever the equipment they’re using… echo.

Echo power equipment is available at all four howard brothers locations. Alpharetta, duluth, oakwood, and down the street from me on buford hwy in doraville.

If you already know what i’m telling you about echo… you’ve already got you’re echo outdoor power equipment, howard brothers is the best place to go for parts and service.

It’s time for you to be powered by howard brothers and echo power equipment. Take back your yard.
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Our One Day Sale will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We’ve been working all winter to get our stores and showrooms renovated and we’re excited to hold a party on March 4th each of our stores in Alpharetta, Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood. Our commercial landscape customers have already been asking when our sale day is gonna be, and now we can officially announce it. This 60th year of business is gonna be the best of Howard Brothers history!

There is NO WAY That I can even begin to address ALL of the deals that we’re gonna have on hand, but here are a few of our sales and offers:

Parts Deals

Last year, you will remember that we had an incredible deal on 6 specific items that are in high demand. We’re gonna be announcing those items very soon, but we are able to confirm that we will be doing all parts 20% off for March 4th only. You’ll want to make your list and come in to stock up on those parts which you know you will need for the season.

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Exmark Deals

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Drive around Atlanta, pay attention to what the professional landscapers are using, and you’ll notice that Exmark is the mower of choice. That being said, Exmark mowers and equipment are not just for the professionals anymore.

If you have a large yard and have been used to using front engine riding mowers to cut your grass, you may be surprised at how affordable a zero turn riding lawn mower. You’ll also be amazed at the quality cut and the amount of time savings that you’ll see with a zero-turn.

At GearUP, you can:

  • Check out the 2015 Lineup. Demo and ask questions about all the products.
  • Get rebates on most of the Exmark Product line like $500 rebates on select Lazer Z and Vantage models, $1000 rebates on navigators.
  • 0% Financing for 42 months.

OK… Here’s a new one that you’ve not heard before… On Wednesday, March 4th ONLY… We’re discounting Exmark Power Equipment up to 10% off.

This is only available in our stores and will only be this one day only. 


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A lot of folks are excited about the new SCAG SWZT – Hydro-Drive Walk Behind.

The Scag SWZT Zero Turn Walk Behind Mower sets new standards in comfort and quality. Its outstanding operator control system, floating, easy-adjust cutter deck and smooth and powerful hydraulic drive system makes mowing a dream. In fact the SWZT may just be the smoothest walk-behind Scag has ever built.

But all the SCAG Riders and Walk behinds will be on sale as well as the SCAG Giant Vac products. You can qualify for 0% for 48 months financing on purchase of any new SCAG mower.


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We’re still one of Atlanta and North Georgia’s largest Honda dealer and that includes all the Big Boxes around. We don’t just stock 1 mower in a box, but all 12 of Honda’s 21″ walk behind mowers. Our commercial landscape customers love the HRC Series Commercial Mowers. Honda mowers start at $379. Come in and check them out and find out why it is SMART to use a Honda.

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Cub Cadet

2014 was our first year as a Cub Cadet dealer and we’re excited for 2015. We had a lot of commercial landscape customers purchase some of the Cub Cadet Rear Tine Tillers, but we’ve also seen increased interest in their push mowers, lawn tractors and zero turn riders.






STIHL Power Equipment 

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The number 1 handheld power equipment is STIHL and we are the largest STIHL dealer in the world. Whether you need a blower, trimmer or edger, STIHL has you covered.

Gear Up will have the best prices of the year on STIHL Power Equipment. Everyone always looks for the best price on the STIHL Backpack Blower… well, we got it.

The Kombi System and attachments will be on sale, and we’ll also be selling the STIHL Battery KombiSystem at best prices of the year. Do you have a client that you need to reduce the volume or emission pollution as much as possible… STIHL may be your answer.


Echo Power Equipment

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Echo has been steadily gaining popularity with some of our landscape professionals and you can bet that we’ll have great deals on their equipment as well. Echo has a great Fleet Pricing Discount program that you must learn about if you have not heard all the details.

Check out the full brochure for more information


Again, you don’t want to miss this sale. There will be free food, shirts, and a few other surprises. Follow our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available and do everything you can do to be at one of our stores on Wednesday March 4th.

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This article is a guest post from our friends at Independent We Stand. Independent We Stand is a buy local advocacy group that is co-sponsored by STIHL Inc. and Fiat Chrysler BusinessLink and helps connect consumers with the small businesses like Howard Brothers. Whether you’re looking for hardware, a new tool, a gift for family and friends, or a new restaurant to try, Independent We Stand’s local business search and mobile app can help you find it. Download the app for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play, and check out our website at for more buy local blogs.

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Let’s be frank. Some of the Bargains of the month from True Value are better than others. What some folks don’t understand that while we are Howard Brothers and are family owned and independently run, we are affiliated with True Value Hardware. Each month, True Value selects a few products that they call “Bargains of the Month” and offers them at a fantastic deal. Sometimes those deals are very timely with what folks might be needing around the home to finish their projects. Sometimes… not so much.

This is one of those months.

My initial reaction when I saw that these three items were the Bargains of the Month was less than excited.

And while most months I try to write something creative to tie all the bargains together into a narrative that makes sense… I got nothing this month.

I guess I could try to relate these items to Valentine’s day. Nothing speaks romance and love like bleach and laundry detergent.

Don’t get me wrong… they ARE good deals and are probably items that you’ll be needing at some point during the month or soon. So, here they are. In no particular order. The February 2015 True Value Bargains of the Month

8 Quart Miracle-Gro Potting Mix


This is actually a really good deal. For $3.99 you can pick up some potting mix from Miracle Gro. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. You can get a $1 rebate in the mail (up to 2 bags) If you want to add some color to your early spring, this might be needed.

1 Gallon Bleach


Or perhaps you want to remove all color and turn something white (or clean something…) Then you might want to grab a gallon or two of Majestic bleach for $1.99. While supplies last.

AJAX Laundry Detergent


The last item is a choose your own adventure. You can pick up a 50oz liquid laundry detergent or 20ct Toss-In detergent packets from Ajax for $2.49


Just a year ago we were just about to experience one of the worst ice storms to hit Atlanta and the North Georgia area in many years. What made things much worse, was the slow reaction by local school systems and businesses. Gridlock is an understatement to what happened in the Atlanta area. People were literally stranded and could not go anywhere on the roads.


Well, we not expecting ice tomorrow (although many people think that the weather this year could be worse than last year) but True Value Hardware just released a cute TV commercial that reminds us that no matter what project your tackling this winter, you can use some help.

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Want a Big Green Egg or a Mower or a Yeti for Christmas, and just don’t have the cash right now? We can help you with that.

True Value Hardware Stores are now offering you another helping hand—the True Value Discover Credit Card. Consider it your right hand, the one that helps you earn money back in the form of True Value vouchers every time you shop. Compared to other hardware store credit cards, the True Value Discover Credit Card gives you more exclusive benefits.

Exclusive Benefits for True Value Discover® card Customers Include:


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$0 Fraud Liability protects you from unauthorized charges on your account.


Your True Value Discover card comes with the Lowest Purchase Price Guarantee. See the same item at a lower price in a retail store within 60 days and you’re refunded the difference. For claims, call 1-877-392-4310.++


Call toll free at 1-877-392-4310 for roadside dispatch for towing, battery jumpstarts, flat tire changes, fuel or fluid deliveries and lockout services.***

+Subject to credit approval. Must apply purchase to the True Value Discover Credit Card. Qualifying purchases of $299 or more will automatically be placed on the promotional credit plan. Interest will be charged to your account (at the standard, variable APR) from the purchase date if the purchase balance is not paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a late payment.

*Subject to credit approval. Based upon information which may be obtained in part from your credit report, you may be offered either the True Value Discover card or True Value Credit Card Account. Comenity Capital Bank issues the True Value Discover Card and True Value Credit Card.

**True Value Discover Card and True Value Credit Card purchases made at participating True Value stores and affiliated retailers will earn 3% back, True Value Discover cardholders will earn 2% back on gas and grocery purchases, and 1% back on all other purchases in the form of True Value vouchers. The True Value voucher program is provided by True Value. The program may be changed or discontinued at any time.

++For additional information including restrictions, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the complete program terms and conditions.

***All 24-Hour Roadside Assistance services are provided by Brickell Financial Services-Motor Club, Inc., d/b/a Road America Motor Club, administrative offices at 7300 Corporate Center Drive, 6th Floor, Miami, FL 33126. (For Mississippi and Wisconsin customers, services are provided by Brickell Financial Services-Motor Club, Inc. For California customers, services are provided by Road America Motor Club, Inc. d/b/a Road America Motor Club).

Discover® and the Discover acceptance mark are service marks used by Comenity Capital Bank under license from Discover Financial Services.