Steve Gollings has been a customer of Logic for the last 20 years. His first experience of Logic followed a desperate need for a salt spreader due to snow and ice on the roadway between his yard and gallops – 24 hours later he was a proud owner of a GDS200 and our business relationship started. Steve instantly recognised Logic’s ability to design and manufacture small sized products, ideally suited for large sized tasks.
Since this first introduction, Steve and Jayne have always felt willing and able to pass on their requirements for managing their yard, in the knowledge that Logic would come up with a solution, sometimes in the form of a new product. They now make full use of an ever expanding range of Logic equestrian products, with other purchases since, being one of our first horse muck collectors, flail mower, tipping trailer and water bowser.
In 2010 Steve requested that Logic consider becoming involved as his yard sponsor – he felt that our company was the right choice and it would be mutually beneficial. Logic was delighted to accept this offer as we realised that Steve and Jayne are leaders in their field too, combining true professionalism with genuine care and commitment.
Quad bikes offer the opportunity to provide specialist contract services for sensitive or difficult conditions.
With his wife Sue, Aubrey Andrews raises pedigree Texels at Lypiatt Farm near Stroud, fitting in spraying around stock work.
He says: “I have a Frazier Agribuggy self-propelled sprayer, which is ideal for the wet, hilly terrain, but for the most demanding conditions we offer spraying and weed-wiping using a Honda Foreman 500 quad.
“It is a useful part of the business, with livestock farms, estates and equestrian facilities the main customers. While the bike can go pretty much anywhere, you do have to be aware of the risk of tipping over on steep land, especially with a fully laden spray tank behind.”
With this in mind, he swapped from a mounted sprayer to a 400-litre Hardi trailed unit, which has a six-metre boom and a hand lance with 17m hose.
“The hand lance is extremely useful as you can park the quad on level ground and reach up a bank to treat a clump of weeds. Small sprayer tanks do not have the baffles fitted to larger machines, so it is important to be aware of water surging which can push the bike forward downhill.”
He comments there is a more specialist market for quad bike spraying compared with the Agribuggy, although a previous 12m boom machine came in handy for pre-em applications one particularly wet winter.
“We spray quite a lot of horse paddocks, which can be fiddly work as horses are kept in small enclosures. We also look after some of the stud farms locally, although the largest businesses will often have their own quad and sprayer, or are big enough to need the Agribuggy.”
Grassland weed control can also be an irregular task, with many customers only needing his services every two or three years. Nettles are one exception, with their huge root mass making them difficult to keep on top of unless treated every year, and topping actually making them stronger as the roots expand underground.
“We supply the chemicals for non-agricultural customers as they cannot usually buy them, and there are often queries about the prices, but I do not see the point in using anything but premium products,” he says.
A few landscaping and amenity contracts also help to keep the sprayer busy.
He says: “The ability to access difficult, and often hilly land always comes in handy.”
However, weed wiping is increasingly in demand, and Aubrey considered a wider tractor-mounted unit before opting for a trailed 2.5m Logic Connect 2000. He chose the smaller unit as a contracting competitor provides a tractor-based weed wiping service.
“Weed wiping offers chemical savings so it is more economical, but most importantly helps preserve clover in the sward – there are no herbicides which are really clover-safe, and having spent money to improve clover, the last thing the customer wants is to spray it out,” he adds.
“Another benefit is that the weed wiper can be used with stock in the field rather than having to move them.”
Poor weather rarely holds up weed wiping, as the implement can be used when it is too windy to spray and is also effective in damp conditions, he says.
Logic’s Contact 2000 uses a contra-rotating brush rather than traditional wicks, with a mixture of absorbent natural fibres and synthetic fibres in interlocking rings of bristles mounted on a central shaft. A gap between each ring allows the brush to ‘comb’ through vegetation.
“The action of the brush lifts the weed leaves and covers them in chemical rather than trailing over the top,” says Aubrey.
Working height is adjusted via the towbar to position the brush above the grass but in contact with weeds and the unit can be used in an offset position or linked to two other brush sections to give wider working widths.
Application rates are set via a control box mounted on the bike with an override button allowing a targeted dose to be applied on thick clumps of weeds.
He says: “I can work at 8-10kph so can cover a reasonable amount of ground.”
He adds that while some contractors use weed wipers for glyphosate application, he finds it can drip on entry to the field, leaving scorched areas of grass.
“There is a wide choice of chemicals which offer residual action. While these are expensive, it makes sense to have a more lasting effect for most weeds.”
Servicing is carried out by Aubrey, while local dealer Kellands puts the Agribuggy through its annual test, to be joined for the first time this year by the quad sprayer and weed wiper under the latest NSTS regulations.
Having the right quad is another must, he adds, citing the Honda Foreman’s good stability and traction, automatic transmission and strong second-hand value as its main points. However, its popularity does lead to other issues.
“We have had quad after quad stolen, so the latest one has full security marking and a tracker fitted. I have also made the decision to keep this bike at four years old rather than replacing it as the new models seem to be even more attractive to thieves.”
At Logic we are pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement with Mary King MBE who is one of our best known and respected Olympic equestrians, having represented Great Britain no less than six times, winning team silver and bronze medals. Mary has also won two World Championship team gold medals and one silver as well as four team golds and one bronze at the European Eventing Championships!
Her appetite for success has not diminished and she is constantly looking for world class horses to compete on and breed from. Her lovely yard near Sidmouth in Devon is where all the nurturing and preparation takes place. The yard is shared with her daughter Emily, who is one of Great Britain’s new young top riders and where she has her string of superstar horses too.
The yard and paddocks need to perform as well and to this end Logic are supplying a range of products to maximise the output from the grazing ground, prepare exercise areas and keep the estate looking in tip top condition.
Mary and her staff will be using a range of Logic products and reporting their progress throughout next year on her Facebook site.
Logic has kicked off the summer show season with a stand at the Badminton Horse Trials, which runs from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th May and despite a mixed bag of weather, attendance is expected to be high. On the Logic stand, visitors so far are particularly interested in the recently launched Pro-Harrow as well as in our range of mowers. As usual, there is ongoing interest in our Horse Muck Collector which continues to carry out a super efficient job for this never-ending task! Orders are already coming in for a wide range of products which is sure to set us up for a busy summer.
July 2016 – Logic CTM600 ‘Highly Commended’ at Royal Welsh Show!
The Logic CTM600 series Weed Wiper receives more recognition.
At this year’s Royal Welsh Show which began on Monday 19th July, the Logic CTM600W weed wiper received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in “The Dr. Alban Davies Trophy for the New Machine, Implement or Device which is likely to be of most benefit to Welsh farming”.
Further recognition that this design and method of weed control is so important in the profitability of farming. It provides numerous cost savings and safety benefits, backed up by product quality.
To overcome excessive levels of MCPA chemical in two Welsh rivers, a problem created by the blanket spraying of grassland weeds and rush, Welsh Water has funded a hire scheme of Logic Contact 2000 weedwipers through Dalton’s ATVs of Lampeter. The scheme is being run for farmers in the appropriate river catchment areas for 2015.
The scheme is being run so that water tests can be carried out at the end of the season to confirm reduced chemical levels and to educate farmers about the benefits of using the Contact 2000 weedwiper.
Logic is delighted to be recognised and involved with this campaign.
To meet the growing demand for spraying field margins on large arable acreage, Logic has developed a 6 or 8 metre boom trailed sprayer. The simple design of the TS680 features manually folding outer boom sections with a manual winch for raise and lower, 25litre/minute diaphragm pump with Honda engine, single 12volt electric on/off control, manual pressure balancing and agitation and hypro easy-fit jet body system with the ability to turn off individual nozzles. This new product will be available from March 2014 onwards, RRP to be confirmed beforehand but expected to be around £5000 + VAT
Our latest GDS150S Salt Spreader is making its way to become resident on the largest crane ship in the world to date! The sale has been handled through our distributor in Holland after we received an enquiry via our website from the ship’s company, requesting a professional, compact salt spreader. The “Pieter Schelte” which was constructed in South Korea is now being completed in Rotterdam before voyaging to the Black Sea where it will start to lay pipelines for a project underway there. Does this mean that this GDS150S will be spreading salt anywhere in the world from now on?!