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By the time you read this, the question will have been answered whether or not Major League Baseball decided to suspend Alex Rodriguez and several others due to their use of performance enhancing drugs. Specifically, these players have been tied to Biogenesis.

Frankly, I’m tired of hearing about it. I’m glad that no current players on the Atlanta Braves were linked with this scandal, and hopefully, we can concentrate on the Braves taking care of business for the next few months and win the World Series!

That being said, I can not let this “water cooler” current event pass without making some attempt to satire it in some way to our benefit. Surely there are some “Performance Enhancing Products” laying around our stores that we all should be using.

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Here in the Atlanta area, we’ve had so much rain this summer. If you believe some of the predictions that are being made about this fall, we could be in for a year of a lot of ice and snow. Your driveway is more vulnerable to the elements during fall and winter, especially if the ground is hard and frozen. Small cracks can become big cracks… even large sections of your driveway could break off.

Check out this great article that was found at startrightstarthere.com. It has good information about how you can tackle this seemingly overwhelming project. You can do this project yourself and show off to your neighbors and feel good about yourself at the same time.

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We recently added Clark’s Woodwork Dog (and cat) houses to our inventory at Duluth.

These are ‘old-school’ dog houses. You’re not gonna find these at petsmart or petco. These are handmade, but not only that, the lumber and materials used on them are hand picked! You’re gonna get the best dog house you can find at a very affordable price. These houses are made to last and they will.

Barry Clark is the “Clark” behind Clark’s Woodwork. He’s been doing this a long time. Much of his business comes from repeat sales and word of mouth. People will see them somewhere and purposefully ask where they can pick one up.

Howard Brothers has been selling  Clark’s Woodwork Pet Houses out of our Oakwood store for over 10 years, but now we can bring a premium dog and cat house to our customers in Gwinnett County and the surrounding cities of Duluth, Peachtree Corners, Norcross and Suwanee.

Stop by our store sometime and have a look at them. There are 7 sizes to choose from.

They range in size from 15″ wide up to 47″ wide. We’ve got a dog house for whatever size dog you have! (and cats)

Clark's Woodwork Dog Houses in Duluth, GA

Clark’s Woodwork Dog Houses in Duluth, GA

We’ve been a Big Green Egg dealer for over 3 years now.  This is the first time that we have been able to offer something like this. We’ve mentioned how the new True Value Credit Card makes purchases with us easier. Back then the deal was 0% interest for 6 months on purchases $299 and up… but from now until the end of August, 2013, you can get 0% interest for 12 months on purchases $699 and up!

So let me walk you through this.

You’ve wanted a Big Green Egg Combo package.

Maybe this one… of course you’ll have to add a few extra eggcessories to get it up to $699.

Big Green Egg Small Combo

Big Green Egg Small Combo

Or this one.

Big Green Egg - Medium Combo

Big Green Egg – Medium Combo

Perhaps this one.

Big Green Egg - Large Combo

Big Green Egg – Large Combo

Maybe even this one.

Big Green Egg - XL Combo

Big Green Egg – XL Combo

But you’ve also had your eye on this one.

Big Green Egg - Large Table Combo

Big Green Egg – Large Table Combo

You know that these prices aren’t gonna last long (they are subject to change), but you just don’t have the cash to make it happen right now. With this offer, you can go ahead and pick it up today and make payments for the next year and pay no interest as long as you pay off the card on time.

You’ll not only be cooking tonight on the grill, but you’ll earn on future purchases with the card. You can get 3% back on purchases made at any True Value, you’ll earn 2% on gas and groceries, and you’ll earn 1% on all other purchases. Check it out for more information.

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This offer is only good July 1 – August 31, 2013.

Come into either our Duluth or Oakwood store and let us know that you’re interested in applying for a True Value Discover Card today.

By the way, this card can be used on anything in the store that is $699 and up. Lawn Mowers, 2 cycle STIHL equipment, Honda Generators… Think about the options.

See you soon.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.

You’ve got your small group from church over and have 16 hamburgers on the grill and have the hotdogs on a plate ready to go as soon as the burgers are ready, and all of the sudden the flame goes out. Panic ensues. You immediately realize that your wife told you that you needed to make sure that there was enough propane in the tank, but you assured her that there was plenty of LP in the 20lb propane tank.

You were wrong.

These days it seems like you can exchange your empty propane tank just about anywhere. Gas stations, supermarkets, drugstores… they all seem to be getting in on the action of propane tank exchange. And for homeowners, this seems like the best solution for your gas/propane needs. Exchage service does make it quick and easy to get back to your grill, but are you really getting the most for your money?

The biggest issue with exchanging propane tanks is that you probably are not getting a full tank. Most cages will say that the tanks are filled to 15lbs. Standard “Gas Grill” propane tanks hold 20lbs. They tell you that the reason they only fill to 15lbs is for safety reasons. If that is the case, then why have the tanks always been safe at 20lbs. There is still about 20% space left for expansion at 20lbs.

Not only that… a few years ago the government changed some of the regulations and safety features on propane tanks that require a specific type of valve that ensures that overfilling is not possible. It shuts off if you try to overfill.

OK, but even with 15lbs, that isn’t THAT bad. We’re still getting 3/4 of a tank each time. Right?

Well, MOST people don’t wait until the tank is absolutely empty to go get it exchanged. In fact, most people will refill or exchange when there is about 5lbs left in the tank.

See where I’m going. You paid for 20 but got 15 and then you used 10 before you decide it is time to go back and buy 20 again…

The Math Don’t Add Up!

From our stand point, we fill your tank every time. Our trained employees will inspect your tank and make sure that it is still safe to use. Propane tanks are certified for 12 years. Even if it looks brand new, if the tank has gone past the date stamped on the neck of the tank, we will be unable to refill it. At that point, we DO recommend taking the tank to an excahange facility and exchange it out for one that you can have refilled. Try to find the newest one you can and then come back to us when it is time to have it refilled.

This whole article has focused on “gas grill” propane tanks, but being a refilling station, we also refill any size propane tank. We refill the 33lb “forklift” propane tanks (these tanks are actually being used on some commercial lawn mowers and tractors now… we get some of those customers.) We also fill RVs or Campers. We refill propane for roofing and asphalt companies who use the big tanks on their trucks.

Refilling propane is still very much needed. Can you imagine this guy having to go and exchange his two 100 gallon propane tanks everytime he needed a refill? That would be rediculous.

This is why we still fill propane at our Doraville, Duluth and Oakwood stores.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.

180 gallons of propane each time this guy comes in.

 

 

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Yesterday, we had an opportunity to take a look at some of the new products that will literally be “sweeping the streets” later this fall.

We’re definitely interested in this merger because it strengthens both brands, but also ensures that our customers who have purchased Giant-Vac products from us in the past, continue to receive the parts and service that they need to keep their equipment running.

Scag Giant-Vac Tease Picture

Scag Giant-Vac Tease Picture

These new products look pretty exciting.

The Leaf & Debris management products are being teased by Scag Giant-Vac on their website. You still can’t click on any of the links in the navigation to get more information, but that will likely change soon. Looks like they will continue to carry:

  • Walk behind street blowers
  • Field/brush mowers
  • Yard vacuums
  • Surface vacuums
  • Truck loaders
  • Industrial debris loaders

And while I have some great pictures from some of the sample pieces that we saw yesterday at our store… I mean, I really would love to show them off… I’m sure that I’d get in trouble if I showed them off before…

(psst. don’t let anyone know that I’m showing you this… but here is one pic that I snapped from the “tow and show.”

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Are you interested in Scag Giant-Vac Debris Products? Do you want to receive more information about them as soon as they hit the streets? Want to see or demo one of the products as soon as they’re out? Fill out the form below, and we’ll be sure to move you up to the front of the line.

Scag Giant-Vac Leaf & Debris Management

I am interested in the new products from Scag Giant-Vac and am interested in more information and possibly a demo. Please let me know as soon as they are out.

Scag Giant-vac manufactures leaf and debris management equipment. High performance, commercial grade blowers and vacuum systems for the landscape maintenance professional.

 

 

RED Onboard Intelligence from Exmark

 

Our customers are incredible. Thanks to online resources and even some print publications, our customers are more educated and more knowledgable about our products than ever before. There has been a lot of interest in the RED technology and Electronic Fuel Injection that is built into the Exmark Lazer X-Series mowers. Check out this video.

 

EFI with E-Gov and RED takes Exmark mowers to a new level. Electronic Fuel Injection with electronic governor and Exmark’s exclusive, new RED on-board intelligence platform debut on 2013 Lazer X-Series mowers powered by Kohler EFI engines. Mechanical governors use a spring that’s slow to respond to engine loads. To compensate, operators typically run engines at high RPM to maintain blade speed regardless of load, which increases fuel consumption and engine wear. EFI with E-Gov basically eliminates governor droop, maintaining engine RPM and blade speed under varying conditions. This improves fuel efficiency up to 25% without reducing cut quality.

Fuel efficiency is so important to our commecial landscape customers and Exmark has done a great job addressing this concern.

But there are other great features that are made possible with the RED technology.

  • System Monitoring Red tracks engine temperature and oil pressure. It places the machine in “safe transport” mode when critical thresholds are exceeded—allowing safe return for servicing.
  • Clutch Saver Clutch life is extended by engaging at 2750 RPM and disengaging at 2500 RPM, regardless of throttle position. This improves operator efficiency by enabling “on the fly” PTO engage/disengagement.
RED Onboard Intelligence from Exmark

RED Onboard Intelligence from Exmark

White Mountain Ice Cream Freezers Atlanta

I was reminded this past weekend that it is National Ice Cream month. Really.  Back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated the month of July as National Ice Cream month. He also third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. I imagine that this is just one of the many things that causes people all over the world to look at America and shake their head.

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