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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Take Back Your Yard this Fall with ECHO Power Tools

ECHO’s got a great ad running that’s speaks to those of us who’ve let our yard slide. After tough jobs all week it’s a challenge to get our own yard into shape, but ECHO’s line of string trimmers, hedge trimmers, blowers and chain saws are exactly what us weekend warriors need on our side to battle a yard that taunts us.

There are instant rebates on two of our fave ECHO blower models: the PB250LN power blower and the PB500T backpack blower.  We’ve got these, so come see us ASAP!

This ECHO ad will remind you that you’ll need to get out there and take back your yard before it takes you. You’ll be looking behind the bushes for these trolls once you watch it:

From now until November 30th 2014 

Chain Saw Safety Tips from TCI Magazine

Echo timber wolf chain saw

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

ECHO’s Trade-Up and Save Event is Going on Now!

Right now ECHO is having its annual Trade-Up and Save event, which means discounts on a some of their most popular outdoor power equipment. Here’s a list of some of the equipment currently on sale, which you can get in our Orland Park store:

Echo USA PB-250 hand held power blowerPB-250 Hand-Held Blower

The PB250 blower is a lightweight blower that is perfect for cleaning backyard leaves and grass clippings. The unit is quiet, easy to use and boasts a 25.4cc 2-stroke engine.
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All You Need to Know on Replacement Chains for Chain Saws

Echo-USA CS450 chain saw

New innovations in chains are making saws more efficient than ever

There are a lot of innovations in chain saws today that aren’t being used by industry professionals – especially when it comes to chains.  That’s what we gathered from a recent article in the July 2013 issue of Tree Care Industry Magazine (a great resource for anyone in the tree biz).  The story, Today’s Saw Chains Are a Far Cry from Granddad’s, covered all the ins and outs of modern chains, and as a dealer of both Stihl and Echo brand chain saws, we thought it would be nice to share. Continue reading

Just In: The ECHO CS590 Timber Wolf Chain Saw

The CS590 Timber Wolf: ECHO’s newest addition

It’s brand new on our shelf as of yesterday, and here’s a peek at it.  The CS590 Timber Wolf chain saw from ECHO hits the sweet spot for professional contractors.  What they’ve tried to do is make a saw that’s tough, easy to use and affordable, and we think they hit the mark. Continue reading

ECHO’s BRD-280 Bed Redefiner (VIDEO)

Check out ECHO’s BRD-280, a major time-saver when it comes to keeping the edges of your bed looking sharp and professional.  This thing gets the job done 7 times faster than a shovel!  Get your hands on this tool and start saving time and energy this Fall.  It’s time to skip the shovel!

ECHO’s Speed-Feed Trimmer Head (VIDEO)

ECHO string trimmers are some of the best trimmers on the market.  The combination of power, durability and operator comfort put them at the top of the class for consumers and professionals alike.  One feature that stands alone is the Speed-Feed trimmer head, which allows you to refill your trimmer line in less than 30 SECONDS!

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