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John and Doug Howard on hand for Ribbon Cutting. Photo Bombed by Local Chamber Representative

Wow, I can’t believe that it has been over 100 days since we opened the doors on our fourth outdoor power equipment store in Alpharetta. It’s hard to believe that it has been 70+ days since we did the official “ribbon cutting ceremony” on the new store.

We are so proud of the new location. The team in Alpharetta definitely represents our family well. They personify the statement that we’ve made many times that “Equipment Experts Don’t Wear Aprons.”

Alpharetta Howard Brothers Team

Alpharetta Howard Brothers Team

After opening the doors up in Alpharetta we have had incredible response from the community. From day one we had long time and loyal customers who would drive to Duluth for equipment needs, parts or service, but now they are able to receive the same level of customer service closer to home or their businesses. We are really excited about their continued growth.

That all being said… Did you see some of the pics from our grand opening?

I had forgotten that it was actually snowing at the Alpharetta store on the morning of March 22.

Snow falling at the Alpharetta Howard Brothers Grand Opening - March 22, 2013

Snow falling at the Alpharetta Howard Brothers Grand Opening – March 22, 2013

The light snow quickly disappeared as we kicked off the grand opening.

Scag and Echo were on hand

Mal McEwen, a North Georgia Chainsaw artist, was on hand both days using his many Echo chainsaws to carve up some amazing pieces of art.

Mal McEwen has a few Echo Chainsaws

Mal McEwen has a few Echo Chainsaws

We even had Mal carve the official ribbon that we would later cut. Amazing job.

Mal McEwen working on the Grand Opening Ribbon for Howard Brothers Alpharetta

Mal McEwen working on the Grand Opening Ribbon for Howard Brothers Alpharetta

Up Close


Fire to make the logos pop


Finished product. Just need to cut it now.


Admit it… pretty cool to cut the ribbon with a chainsaw.



Safety Glasses or Goggles? Oops. We forgot those.

John and Doug Howard on hand for Ribbon Cutting. Photo Bombed by Local Chamber Representative

John and Doug Howard on hand for Ribbon Cutting. Photo Bombed by Local Chamber Representative

Customers young and old becoming fans of Howard Brothers, Exmark, Walker and Scag.



Mal McEwen also cut us a couple Bears during the weekend. One of them is gonna find a permanent home at Cambridge High School (Home of the Bears)



680theFan and Chuck Oliver was on hand on Saturday to give away an ECHO PAS Combo Kit. It was fun to talk with him about local sports and his passion for local businesses.



Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk 680 The Fan

Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk 680 The Fan

The weekend was a little wetter than we had hoped, but it was still very much a success. I guess the best thing that can be said about this official opening, is that… WE’RE OPEN! If you’re anywhere near Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Milton, Roswell, Cumming, East Cobb, Woodstock and need lawn power equipment, parts or service, we’re ready to impress you and win you over as our long time customer.

Come say hi!


Clark Howard discussing Ethanol in Fuel

Consumer advisor, Clark Howard recently did a story on Ethanol in Fuel and how it affects small engines like lawn mowers, string trimmers and other power equipment.

Clark Howard (no relation) spoke with our service manager, Joseph Milligan, about common service issues that we see and how having an awareness of how the fuel is acting can help prevent damage to your equipment. He also spoke about the benefits of using an ethanol free fuel like SEF in equipment that you don’t use as often as others.

We’re very excited that Clark decided to talk about this issue because it is HUGE in our industry. You must develop a healthy fuel hygiene. You can not store and use gas in your small engines like you used to.

Check out the video:


Memorial Day weekend is upon us this coming weekend, and for you folks in the Gainesville, Georgia area, you know that means that the Brenau Barbecue Championship is this weekend also!


Last year was the first year that we attended the event. We’re not competing in the event (although I think next year we should try to do something for the fun of it) but we are cooking nonetheless.

We’ll be at the same spot we were last year and will have our Big Green Egg Tent loaded down with Big Green Egg products and accessories. Last year, we were positioned right next to Myron Mixon’s team. Let me tell you, the smells were amazing, and the food was better. We even were able to get in a picture with him.


In all seriousness, there is a lot that happens at this event. It has become a highly attended community event. Friday night, from 6 to 10pm, you can preview the teams and vendors. There wil be local musicians and entertainment, Crafts and artisans are around every corner, and of course there is a LOT of food and drink for the tasting. Saturday is the actual competition, but there are still a ton of fun going on. Gates open at 10 and the awards are at 5.

It is extremely relaxed. It is fun just to walk around and get tips and tricks from BBQ enthusiasts.

And it is all for a good cause too! There is a small entry fee ($10 Friday night and $5 Saturday) that directly goes into the local student scholarship fund.

For more information, check out the Brenau Barbecue Championship website.

We will see you there.

Howard Brothers Big Green Egg at the Brenau BBQ Championship

Howard Brothers Big Green Egg at the Brenau BBQ Championship – 2012

We hope that you’ll join us in taking Monday May, 27th (Memorial Day) off. Yes. You heard that right. We are going to be closed this coming Monday so that we can celebrate Memorial day with our families. You can be sure that we’ll be manning our grills and smokers for friends and family.

We are so thankful for the country that we live in. Join us in remembering the men and women who died while serving our nation.

We’ll be closed Monday May 27th, but we’ll be open again on Tuesday same time.



First of all, no it isn’t.




Alright. Let’s assess the situation.

Time has just plain gotten away from you. You’ve had too many little league games recently that have kept you from the chores at home. The other days that you’ve been home, we’ve had 3 inches of rain hit that evening.

Everyone else on your street has cut their yard, and every time someone drives past your yard… they slow down and wonder if you’ve moved out and didn’t tell anyone, or you’re planning on bringing goats into the neighborhood.

Your Honda Push Mower has even decided that it needs to go on strike because of the poor working conditions.

At first, the dads in the neighborhood were thinking of sending their kids up the street to cut it… but now they are worried that that their kids may literally get lost in the weeds and never return.

But the grass HAS to be cut. You can’t avoid it anymore.

Game Plan

If you decide to go after the grass with your mower, chances are you will become very frustrated. The grass may be too high for the mower to handle. The sheer quantity of debris will likely cause the blade to stop and stall the engine of your mower (Yes, even at the highest cut setting.) You can try to go extremely slow as you cut. You probably will need to cut the grass in very small increments. with a push mower, you can gently, slowly and safely raise and lower the handle of your mower so that you raise the front cutting deck of the mower. This will help, but you obviously can not do this with a riding mower.

Depending on the size of the area being cut, you will might want to attack it first with a string trimmer (some folks call them weed eaters.) Even here, you’ll want to be prepared for some frustration. You will probably use up a lot of trimmer line and your arms, shoulders and back will get some exercise. You will learn of muscles you didn’t know that exist. Of course, if you really want to get some exercise, you could get some old fashioned hand tools, like a sling blade to attack the taller grass and weeds.

Either way, you may want to run over it at different heights and different days to finally get the grass to a desirable height. Rake up the really tall debris so that you can cut again without having to worry about the quantity of clipping debris.

Depending on your equipment needs, you may have to resort to renting some equipment from a rental store. Make sure you understand the safety features and operating practices before using anything new.

If you have a large area or field where using a string trimmer alone is not realistic, you may want to find a brush cutter or “brush hog” to use.

Slow and Steady

You’ll feel much better after it is done, and you might even be able to let your dog outside again (or find your dog that went missing.)

All joking aside. The key is slow and steady. Just do it. Take your time.

When you are finished, you may want to have your mower serviced just to make sure that it is clean of debris, the blade is sharpened correctly and it is ready for the next time you need to cut the grass.

Which should be once or twice a week.


Ever heard of the Discount Shopping Club? It is a nationwide site and is operated locally by 104.7 The Fish, which is a Christian Music radio station. This website allows folks to sell items to other listeners at a reduced/discounted price.

And I think we have won the prize for the oddest item to ever be placed on the website.

We’re trying to sell a Giant Vac Tow Behind Leaf Loader on the website.

Weird… we know.

But get this, If you’ve been eyeballing this Leaf Loader that is sitting in our parking lot… If you have the need for it, this is an INCREDIBLE PRICE on the 2010 Giant-Vac TL652951W Tow Behind Leaf Loader.

Want to know the price?

How about $7750?

The thing retails for $15000+

We’ve had large numbers of people look at it and every once in a while, we’ll demo it for someone. Several times people are ready to pull the trigger but don’t.

Now is the time to fire.

For more information, check out the Discount Shopping Club page. Don’t wait. We think it will go fast.

2010 Giant-Vac TL652951W Tow Behind Leaf Loader