Machinery Shed Mokine Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR MOKINE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FARMERS
Securing your valued farming assets from the elements can be a significant, yet important investment. When it comes time to constructing a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous elements you will need to consider, assuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Most likely, a key consideration to establishing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Start by making a list of all the resources you intend to store in your new steel structure, in addition to any extra items like implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it tough to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll wish to reconsider the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your suitable space from the start will help stop you from running out of space in the long-term, saving you important time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?
Justifiably, the sizing and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are one of the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design features your shed has, if you can’t literally fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is unbelievably frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to look at when calculating how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be calculated by the equipment needed to be kept and the configuration that you decide will work best. Usual bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings including 10m have become increasingly typical as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can range from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with conventional spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Like your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need stored. For example, a standard semi-truck will call for a 21m span whereas a B-double will call for a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be meticulously planned because, while it is easy to add additional bays onto an existing shed, raising the height of a shed after it has been constructed is not so straightforward.
Generally, a minimum clearance height of 6m is adequate for the majority of cropping operations, supplying enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. However, if you plan to install roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to enable the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). In a similar way, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally lower the clearance height of a bay opening.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have perception when selecting the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. In today times farm machinery is increasing in size and is likely to continue to increase, so factor this into your steel shed design to use your machinery space for years to come.
We suggest discussing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our expert building consultants, so our team can offer a best-practice design and quote on your machinery or shearing shed.
MACHINERY SHED DESIGN OPTIONS
When it pertains to the style for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are normally 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A perfect solution if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This selection offers total security from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Additional spaces could be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Allows you to unhitch implements inside or alternatively leave items hitched and just drive in to hide from the elements. The option is suitable for machinery that is challenging to reverse, and is a cost-effective option to store long machinery and for access. You won’t be limited to parking between the columns, possibly providing extra space to house more items. Additionally, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Can Possibly Be the most versatile structure as it can be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side supplying organic light. Bay spacing is typically about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an opportunity with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another option includes a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will increase the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is impossible to maximise the size of your commercial shed if you are limited by impractical access options. Options and ideas for your machinery shed include:
An open-ended or drive-through configuration (discussed above).
A girder beam or girder truss, also known as column removal, may be used to provide a wider bay entrance.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Make sure the pad at the front of your shed is big enough to make access simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of preparing your shed site or preparing your shed pad, you might find the video (below) helpful. Ben, one of our project managers, discusses our ‘Top 10 Tips’ for the ideal shed pad.
SIZE OF YOUR STORAGE BAYS
The majority of farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to meet your specific demands. The sizing of bays and how many you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will personalise, based upon the amount of space they need in their shed and the size of the machinery they desire to store inside.
A bay is essentially the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the larger that these are, the more room you will have to keep your machinery inside. This is incredibly handy if you have large tractors or trucks you need to house in your farm machinery shed. There are constraints on how far apart bays may be as they offer the structural support for the roof but, if you understand what’s going inside the shed, then our team can determine a way to position structural elements so you obtain the access required while preserving strength.
If you’re seeking to store larger machinery items and you’re worried about supporting the roof of your shed, Wheatbelt Steel’s trussovers can also be utilised for extra structural support. Like the example (below), trussovers have been added to this combined farm shed for optimum support, due to very wide bays.
OTHER FOOTPRINT CONSIDERATIONS
While the (above) designs are excellent for storing machinery, there are extra variables you will need to take into consideration when first planning your shed design.
Doors – Personal connectivity, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are pursuing additional weather protection, vermin protection or added security.
Open Sides – This is an option if you need to gain access to your shed by driving straight in. It can be advantageous with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access could be created from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you finalise your design, make certain you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to consider the number of vehicles you want to store. This will help figure out the best setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you get in touch with local government to ascertain compliance guidelines and any appropriate legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always take into account the direction of prevailing weather when building open-side or open-gable sheds. By positioning your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can ensure greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is very important for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Choosing the right concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent maintenance issues and further expenditure down the track.
Among the most common thickness for a shed slab is 150mm (6 inches), with one layer of reinforcing mesh. This is adequate for any farm machinery like tractors. However, if you are driving fully loaded semis or B-Doubles across the slab, a 170mm to 200mm is recommended, and potentially another layer of reo mesh will be required. If you think your shed will require a thicker slab, Wheatbelt Steel can engineer a slab to suit whatever your purpose.
TIPS FOR MACHINERY STORAGE PAD PREPARATION
1. Get the pad laid before the shed is constructed.
2. Give the pad time to settle, have it prepared well ahead of time.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into consideration.