Local resident Roger Curtis bought one of the more than 100 chainsaws purchased from Holley Tractor & Equipment over the last week.
The owner of Curtis Sprinklers, Curtis's landscaping business has witnessed a surge in business after last week's winter weather that left tree branches and debris in resident's yards. The trickle-down effect has been a heightened need for chainsaws and other related items.
“All we've been doing is landscaping over the last few days,” Curtis said while purchasing blades at Holley's. “Blades and other items have been hard to come by so we've been making a bunch of visits to the store.”
Dan Bullington, president and CEO of Holley Tractor & Equipment, said the store had 45 chainsaws in stock as of Tuesday afternoon. In addition, the store was expecting more than 100 more chainsaws later in the afternoon to get back to a full supply.
“Our normal stocking is about 80 chainsaws so that's what we're trying to get back to,” Bullington said. “They have literally been selling as fast as we can get them gassed up and on the shelves.”
Bullington said the store sold more than 100 chainsaws from Friday to Tuesday, which is why he was expecting 100 more on Tuesday afternoon.
While local residents and companies have been buying the bulk, Bullington said the City, County, the Department of Transportation, SCE&G and the Aiken County School System have all come first on the list of demand.
“Our local agencies have been working to keep the roads clear, so we had to make sure we take care of them first,” he explained.
In addition to chainsaws, the company has been selling an abundance of related items including pole saws, bar oil, chains, blades and other items.
“We have workers that haven't even attended to their own yards or families because they've been here helping others. And our customers realize that and appreciate it,” he added.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University.