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African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

Have you heard about the African Land Snail problem that south Florida is dealing with? Very interesting yet very disgusting at the same time.

South Florida residents are being warned to be on the lookout for one of the world’s most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat. (source)


African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

African Land Snail vs Your Lawn Mower Blade

The article goes on to mention that they are actively catching over 1000 each week! They can produce over 1200 eggs per year!

The problems that they cause are structural as they will feast on stucco and plastic (gaining nutrients for their shells) and they are also very fond of plants… anything green and they will destroy it. They also wreak havoc on tires on the road and become a projectile of shell, slime and excrement after lawn mowers suck them up and spit them out.

Double yuck.

I read this and thought about what we’d be dealing with as outdoor power experts if we had to work on mowers that were being subjected to the conditions of South Florida, but then I thought about it. Snails or not, we need to warn everyone to be aware of what is lurking in your grass and do your best to keep from damaging your blade and mower from foreign objects.

How many toys have you accidentally chopped up because you didn’t take time to walk the yard and clear all debris before cutting? How many jump ropes or water hoses have had short life spans because they were hidden from view in the grass? How many tree stumps,bricks or rocks have you encountered. How much mulch, pine straw, pinecones or fallen tree limbs do you ignore?

The impact may be powerful enough to shear the flywheel key. If it is really bad, it is possible it could bend your crankshaft. (We see it ALL THE TIME) Belts can become damaged. Gears and pulleys can become damaged.

Not to mention the fact that when you hit any object other than grass, the rough/hard object will most likely bend the blade. Your grass won’t look as good and you actually increase the chance of disease to your lawn from ripped grass clippings vs clean cuts.

So let the African Land Snail be a lesson to you. We don’t have to worry about them in Atlanta or North Georgia (yet), but there are many other dangers lurking in your lawn that can similarly do damage to your mower.

And if you did run over that landscaping paver and need a new lawn mower blade for your Honda mower, give us a call.

62 pieces of STIHL 2 cycle Equipment headed to the City of Atlanta

Yesterday was just another day. A day that we delivered 62 pieces of STIHL 2 cycle string trimmers and edgers to the city of Atlanta.


62 pieces of STIHL 2 cycle Equipment headed to the City of Atlanta

62 pieces of STIHL 2 cycle Equipment headed to the City of Atlanta

The City of Atlanta placed an order for 50 STIHL FS90R Straight Shaft String Trimmers. These powerful string trimmers also provide a low exhaust emission which is definitely needed both in and outside the perimeter of metro Atlanta. The FS90R is a light weight yet professional grade string trimmer. It is easy to use. Easy to maintain. Reliable.

They also ordered a dozen STIHL FC90 Edgers. These curved shaft edgers are extremely popular with our commercial landscape customers. They provide a professional landscaped look to sideways, walkways and driveways.

So I guess you can say that The City of Atlanta lawn maintenance crews are powered by STIHL and Howard Brothers.

That’s almost a 1/2 ton of STIHL equipment that was assembled, tested, and delivered by our team… And you can bet when they need STIHL parts or service, they will use our STIHL factory trained and certified technicians.

STIHL FS90R Atlanta Georgia

That’s a lot of STIHL FS90Rs…

Kesmac KTR30 on the floor at Howard Brothers Duluth Georgia

We mentioned a while back that we’re an authorized dealer for Kesmac Turf Products. Ever since we mentioned it, we’ve been receiving a bunch of requests for parts and have fielded a few demo requests and sales quotes. I just wanted to mention that we actually have these KTR30 sitting on the floor at our Duluth and Alpharetta stores. Continue Reading…

Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk 680 The Fan

This past weekend, March 22 and 23, we had our grand opening at our new store in Alpharetta Georgia. We had a great weekend with various vendors represented, free food and Mal McEwen a chainsaw artist.

We gave away an Echo Pro Attachment PAS-225VP Combo Kit. This includes a power head, a trimmer and an edger.

Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk Radio, 680 The Fan, was on hand to draw the winner. Here’s the video. Drum Roll please.

Congratulations Ken!

Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk 680 The Fan

Chuck Oliver from Atlanta Sports Talk 680 The Fan