Honda Holiday Sales Event on Generators, Up to $500 Off!

We want to get the word out to you on the Honda Holiday Sales Event on generators. You’ll be interested to know that between now and December 31, 2015, you can save up to $500.00 on select EU series models. Check it out! Honda makes generators for every level – from homeowners to tailgaters to construction professionals. If you’re looking for something portable to keep you going when the power goes out, we’ve got you covered. The EU series generators have Honda Inverter 120V AC power and run super quiet. Put a bow on one and gift it!

Check out the many different models and compare specs over on the Honda page of our website. Need something big enough to power a job site? We’ve got you covered there, too. Questions about the Honda equipment we stock? Give us a call at any of our locations. If you haven’t tried a Honda generator, try one now when they’re on sale. Continue reading

15% OFF Mower Blades from our Parts Department

We keep a large inventory of blades for different types of mower

Do you stock parts for your mower fleet?  Many people do, but some folks worry about stocking parts they won’t need. They don’t want to “gamble” on inventory, so instead they wait until something breaks before heading out to the store to buy. We see advantages and disadvantages on both sides, but one major flaw in not buying ahead is this: you’ll miss out on pre-season discounts!  Continue reading

Top 4 Tips for Storing Outdoor Power Equipment During Winter

This time of year get’s us thinking about winter storage.  If you’ve got lawn equipment like a mower or 2-cycle hand tools you need to winterize your equipment before storing it.  A few simple steps will go a long way to making sure your equipment is ready to roll next spring.  Here are some tips from our in-shop experts:

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Are you on the Front End of Leaf Collection? (Video)

Our surrounding municipal areas have various programs for leaf collection. These programs start right about now and end around Thanksgiving. If you’re on the front end of leaf collection participating in a community program or working your own lawn, you’re likely moving heaps of leaves. Want to get rid of your leaves before these programs stop? We’ve got some equipment in our shop that will help you do it faster. You want to save time and stress on your back, right? See how one of our equipment experts saves time on his weekend work:

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Fall Lawn Care Tips: Aerating, Seeding and Top Dressing

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It might sound crazy to be thinking about cold weather in early August, but getting your fall lawn care planned out now means you can sit back and relax when the leaves turn and football is on the TV. You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to aerating and re-seeding your lawn, so we thought we’d try and help you decide which is best for you.

Late August and early September are the best times of the year to aerate and re-seed your lawn because the temperature is just right and the moisture level is perfect for seed germination.  If you do a little prep now, your grass is going to thank you later by coming back green and healthy next spring.

There are three common things that you can do to get your lawn in top shape right now: aeration, overseeding and top-dressing.  Each method  has its own benefits and when they’re combined the results are top-notch. Continue reading

Preventative Maintenance Tips for Equipment Fleets

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Preventative maintenance is the key to running an efficient fleet

There are two types of maintenance repairs in the equipment business – preventative and reactive – and the difference between the two is the difference between a profitable shop and a money drain.  According to a Construction Equipment study if your maintenance/repair costs are 15% or more of the replacement value of your fleet you’re losing money!  Preventative maintenance helps keep a shop efficient by reducing emergency breakdowns (and the labor costs associated with it) and by giving you the ability to plan ahead for major repairs.  Whether you’ve got one machine or one hundred you should be following a maintenance schedule, plain and simple – whether it’s in house or with your local dealer.  Here’s are a few key tips we’ve gathered over the years running our own shop: Continue reading

Compare a Kubota Kommander Riding Mower with a Toro Titan (VIDEO)

The Kubota Kommander mower line debuted last year to give homeowners a commercial-grade mower at an entry-level price.  It’s the kind of mower for people who love their lawn and their mower.  It’s got some bells and whistles, sure (and you gotta admit those headlights are pretty cool), but at its core the Kommander is built like a Kubota, which means it’s well-designed, quality-built and has years of dependability behind it. The Toro Titan might be popular, but it just doesn’t measure up to the Kommander when you take a hard look at each machine. Check it out:

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Take Back Your Yard with ECHO Power Equipment

Echo’s got a great ad running that’s a nod to those of us who’ve let our yards slide recently.  After a tough winter it’s a challenge to get the yard into shape, but Echo’s line of string trimmers, hedge trimmers and chain saws are exactly what us weekend warriors need on our side of the battle.

Right now we’ve got special pricing on the SRM-225 trimmer and PB-250 handheld blower, two of our most popular Echo models.  We’ve got ’em in stock and ready to rock so come see us ASAP so you can take back your yard!

Pricing offer good thru 6/30/14

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$99 Mower Maintenance Inspection

It’s time to get your mower up and running, but before you send it out into the field you’d better get it in the shop.  If your mower has been sitting all winter it’s going to need tuning up and our $99 maintenance inspection is an easy way to get a complete check of your machine.  We’ll look the whole thing over and give you a checklist of what needs to be repaired or replaced.  It’s a great way find out if your mower is ready to go or needs a little TLC before the mowing season.

Check out what’s included in the inspection (hint, it’s a lot):

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Chain Saw Safety Tips from TCI Magazine

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Many new safety features come standard on today’s saws.

It’s time to breakout the lawn and tree equipment that’s been hibernating in your garage the past six months. All those pieces you forgot about this winter – mowers, trimmers, chain saws – need to be unthawed and prepped for the upcoming season. Now is also a great time to review safety measures for operating equipment. It’s good practice to go over these each year because no matter how much experience you have equipment features change all the time and it’s just not worth the risk of injury to you or your operators.

Tree Care Industry Magazine has an article in this month’s issue on chain saw safety, which any saw operator knows is a number one priority. Chain saws are dangerous things in the hands of an inexperienced operator so they’ve got a few tips to remember next time you fire up your saw. The article covers the essentials: kickback, proper operating and starting techniques and a review of newer safety features that come standard on saws. It’s good stuff so check it out:

Read the full article on page 14 of TCI’s digital mag here.

Stihl or Echo fan? You don’t have to choose with us because we carry both lines between our three Chicagoland stores. Give us a call and we’ll be glad to show you what each line has to offer. Continue reading