After 35 years being involved in fencing I thought it would be interesting for you to see me retrace my steps as to how the Bryce Suma came to be in existence. In that time I spent many years at the start doing everything by hand and the long handled shovel and 18lb mell were my main tools. In 2008 I decided to start manufacturing in the Scottish Borders. Now I can work further on the development of the Bryce Suma post driver and be hands-on in our new fabricating shop. I have always been this way inclined and with hindsight I should have done this right from the start as now I can use my ideas and designs in a way that moulds this machine into exactly what it should be – no corners are cut and no compromises are made. We have a dedicated team who are enthusiastic and happy in their work, and are hell-bent on producing the finest quality high-output post drivers on the world market.
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All my work was on hill country which most of the time involved hard ground conditions and it was seriously hard work on your own to say the least. I progressed to a handheld engine driven Auger and from there to a tractor mounted Auger with a Pengo head for hard and stoney conditions. This made a big difference to my daily output. I was always concerned about output because I started off with nothing with a £78 Ford van and a David Brown 990 Implematic which cost me £270 - every penny was a prisoner! I then purchased my first post driver which was a Canadian machine with a telescopic mast costing £1160 and I couldn’t sleep at night because I wondered how I was going to pay for it. Things went so well that 3 years later I purchased a second one for £1420 and so I had 2 outfits which meant I could keep 2 customers happy at the same time. Work kept rolling in and I was never stopped erecting my own style of permanent electric fencing which included all my own components developed by myself.
During this time I became a Scottish distributor for Kinghitter Post Drivers and that lasted until I had a prototype of my own machine produced in 1996. For many years prior to this I had made up various bits and pieces myself and then I took things a stage further with the development of my own trailed post driver with a powered axle. This incorporated a specially manufactured chassis and axle which had been used for lime spreaders doing work on steep ground. Onto this chassis I incorporated my own ideas and used the Kinghitter mast as part of the machine. This was a superb outfit on my 4 wheel drive Fiat 90-90 tractor with ground drive - it gave me a six wheel drive outfit that could carry all my tools and materials for a day’s work allowing me to go anywhere as long as your nerve would hold!
Since we started on our own, I have made numerous changes to put this machine way ahead of the competition.