Smokin Brothers Barn-B-Que in very Limited Orange & Black

We are VERY excited to bring this limited production run of orange & black Barn-B-Que’s from Smokin  Brothers to the store.  Smokin Brothers Grills are manufactured right here in America by craftsman in Missouri.  20160819_141608As a family owned company like Nord Outdoor Power, Smokin Brothers goes the extra mile to take care of their customers and be there to answer questions.

Ryan, one of the Smokin Brothers, recently contacted us and said he was going to be doing a single orange & black Barn-B-Que and wondered if we might be interested in getting one.  As one of their 20160819_143442original dealers and given the fact that the colors would match our company colors along with those of Kubota, Stihl, Echo and other great brands, we said no.  No, we don’t want just one, we want 4 of them for the Christmas Season.  Luckily, Ryan agreed to go ahead and get them manufactured. Continue reading Smokin Brothers Barn-B-Que in very Limited Orange & Black

All NEW Echo CS-490 Chainsaw 1st Look

With the recent ice storm taking out many trees, I had the opportunity to test the all new Echo CS-490 chainsaw.  Echo indicates on their website this saw is  “A new standard for mid range saws with ergonomic features at a great price point.  16″, 18″ and 20″ bar lengths.”  The following are some features this saw includes:snapseed-05(2).jpeg

  • 50.2 cc professional grade 2-cycle engine
  • Chrome plated cylinder for extended engine life
  • Reduced effort starter
  • Heavy duty easy access air filter
  • G-Force engine air Pre-Cleaner™
  • Dual post chain brake for increased durability.
  • Magnesium crankcase for reduced weight and added durability
  • 5 year consumer, 2 year commercial and 90 day rental warranty.

Prior to putting this unit into service, I took a look and found some things I really liked.  This saw includes a rim sprocket that can be changed instead of the spur style that requires replacement of the whole clutch drum when wear occurs.  This can result in savings of 50% or more when this common wear item needs replacing.



Another great feature that is found on most premium grade saws today is the ability to adjust the chain tension from the side.  This feature is a huge benefit to the operator by making this routine task much easier to perform compared to adjusters located just in front and to the left of the bar.  You will also find the on/off switch and choke control convenient and easy to use.  Checking the air filter and accessing the spark plug was a quick and easy process that only required turning a black knob by hand until the cover was released.



I put this chainsaw into action trimming limbs and bucking the large pines into manageable pieces.  The power head is driving a .325 pitch, .050 gauge full chisel chain.  This unit was equipped with a 18″ bar and provided no shortage of power.  This saw was REALLY smooth to cut with.  The engine produced a great powerband and I had minimal vibration affecting our hands.


Echo lists the weight of the power head at 10.6 pounds with the bar and chain.  Having worked with many of the bigger saws, this weight range was really nice for the type of work we were doing.  While a larger saw with a bigger bar and more cc’s has it’s place, this new CS-490 is absolutely perfect for the many of the types of cutting the majority of our customers will encounter.  With a price point of $349.99, this saw has many features you would only find in much higher priced saws in the past.  Click here to see the CS-490 pricing and details on our website.


Fuel efficiency was another area we were impressed.  The fuel tank is rated at 16.9 ounces.  I cut up 3 very large pines into 20″ logs and removed all the branches on a single tank of VP Small Engine 50:1 fuel.  We use this fuel exclusively when setting up 2-cycle equipment and for our personal use because of its performance benefits, pre-mixed convenience and 2 year shelf life.  This fuel has eliminated the damaging issues so many of our customers are experiencing when they use pump fuel which has been designed for automobiles.

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IMG_20160101_121643.jpgAny time your are going to use a chainsaw or other outdoor power equipment, make sure and wear proper protective equipment.  I used wore chaps and a safety helmet system with integrated face shield and hearing protection.  I also tested Echo’s new combination bar scabbard and tool carrier.  This is a great addition to easily carry an extra chain, bar wrench, spark plug and more while protecting your self and the bar and chain on your saw.

Thank you for taking time to check out our overview of the CS-490 from Echo.  We look forward to having you stop by our store and see this saw along with our huge selection of other Echo and Stihl saws.  With saws starting at under $200 from both Stihl & Echo, we can help you select a saw that best fits your budget and type of cutting you will be doing.  When combined with parts, service and many other products to help you maintain your outdoor world, we believe we have what no other store in the area has to offer.





Introducing the Big Green Egg – Mini Max Grill

We are excited to let you know the newest member of the Big Green Egg family is now available and ready for the travel and backyard BBQ season.  Stop by and see our full selection of Big Green Egg Grills and Accessories and find out how the  MiniMax can help you keep the best food on the table!

By the way – before you take a look at more information below on the MiniMax, here is a great recipe for suffer hamburgers we learned from Dr. BBQ at a Big Green Egg training class.  Have made this many times.  Click Here for Video

minimax-300x360The following information is from Big Green Eggs Website:  The all new MiniMax Big Green Egg is proof that great things come in small packages – and this EGG is the first to arrive with its own transportation in the form of a sturdy, easy to grip Carrier! Continue reading Introducing the Big Green Egg – Mini Max Grill

All New Toro Timecutter “SW” Models with Steering Wheel are Arriving!

Did you know that Toro has taken the extremely popular Timecutter Zero Turn Mower and designed the unit with a STEERING WHEEL?  Many of our customers love the idea of a zero turn, but are concerned with how it will operate.  They like having the steering wheel and continue to buy small tractor style mowers because they don’t want the stick style controls.

We will be providing more feedback on these new units as we get into the season.  Having tested it though at our industry show this past fall, we were very impressed.  Deb really enjoyed the tilt wheel and how easy you can get on and off the machine.  In fact, the steering wheel and column provide the operator with another point to hold onto for stability when getting on and off the machine. Continue reading All New Toro Timecutter “SW” Models with Steering Wheel are Arriving!