Darragh Waters and Shane Scully – two sixteen-year-old students - went in search of a way to make quad bikes safer while fencing last September.
Having researched existing models in both Europe and New Zealand, the pair set about designing and producing their own attachment for a quad
The result was Quick Reel - an ATV attachment for fencing which saves farmers time.
The attachment is bolted to the front rack of the quad, and being both compact and lightweight is easily removable.
“We experience these problems when working on a modern-day farm, which is why we created this product.” They told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
Each step of the process is carried out the two Transition Year students at CBS Secondary School, Charleville – who established the business as part of the Student Enterprise Programme.
Every attachment is made individually for their customer’s quad bike.
“Our product is aimed at farmers who use quads and put down temporary fencing such as strip-grazing.”
The Quick Reel is designed to hold thirty-two pigtailed posts and two Gallagher reels, according to its creators.
Currently, Quick Reel can only be used with a Gallagher geared reel but the product is being developed to widen its appeal.
“Our business is progressing well but there are always challenges associated with running a business.”
The Transition Year Mini- Company recently won the Best Innovation Award in the Senior Category in the Local North-Cork Schools Enterprise Programme Trade Fair held in Mallow GAA Complex in December.
Looking forward, the young Cork students would like to expand their business and have a positive impact on farm safety.
“We are constantly trying to make farming more efficient and safer, so you never know what could be in the pipeline.” They concluded.
Quick Reels retails at €120 - To get more information or to place an order, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Image source: Quick Reel