Teeth last three times longer
Brixham company J Reid Scallop Gear has come up with a new type of teeth for its scallop toothbars that have lasted three times longer than standard teeth during trials in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Jonathan Reid said that the new teeth were quietly introduced at the end of last year with some of his customers in Northern Ireland and Scotland trialling them. He said that boats using five dredges each side have found the new teeth last as much as three times longer, reducing downtime as there is less need to stop fishing to replace worn toothbars.
He commented that the key to the longer life is the grade of steel used in the teeth, which he identified through a chance contact in the mining industry.
âSo far we can only get them made in Spain, but weâre looking at bringing in machinery to do it here instead, and we now have to order these in bulk to ensure that we have them in stock when they are needed. But weâd prefer to be able to do it here, like everything else we do. If itâs made here then we have control over the quality all the way through,â he said.
âWe have a few 24 metre boats trying them out now and weâll see how long they last. Iâm not sure itâll be three times as long, but itâll definitely be longer than the standard teeth.â
Another innovation is a hinge for scallop dredges that has been redesigned, placing the pad on the hinge itself rather than on the dredge.
âThis way they can just change the hinge instead of having to weld it up, which saves them time at sea. Iâll probably lose some refurbishment work, but itâs more important to have happy customers â and anything they donât have to weld at sea is going to be better,â he said.
Alongside the scalloping hardware that Jonathan Reid supplies all over the UK and Ireland, as well as to France via MorgĂ¨re, the companyâs chandlery business has also been taking off, with both walk-in and online sales growing. Items ordered online before 2PM tend to be dispatched the same day, any later and dispatch is the following day.
âWeâre getting plenty of orders from remote places, with a lot of boots, gloves, oilskins, shackles and blocks are supplied that way,â Jonathan Reid said.
âWe keep fifty or sixty different sizes of blocks in stock here and we keep a big stock because I donât believe in selling something thatâs not available from stock.â
WorldFishingToday - 11-06-2016