Machinery Sheds Bakers Hill Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR BAKERS HILL FARMERS
Shielding your important farming resources from the elements might be a significant, yet essential investment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous factors you will need to think about, ensuring the success of your undertaking and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Most likely, a key consideration to building a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed in Western Australia is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Start by making a list of all the machinery you would like to keep in your new steel structure, along with any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you think you may find it difficult to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll want to reassess the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your suitable space from the start will help avoid you from running out of area in the long-term, saving you precious time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?
Justifiably, the sizing and dimensions of a premium farm shed are the most crucial details for a rural farm shed build; because it does not matter how many smart design attributes your shed has, if you can’t physically fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A lack of storage space is incredibly frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to take into consideration when calculating how large your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be calculated by the equipment needed to be stored and the setup that you decide will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings like 10m have become considerably common as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can vary from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with common spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Like your shed length, the width can also be swayed by the machinery you need housed. For instance, a typical semi-truck will need a 21m span whereas a B-double will call for a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be carefully considered because, while it is easy to add additional bays onto an existing shed, increasing the height of a shed after it has been built is not so simple.
Generally, a minimum allowance height of 6m will suffice for the majority of cropping operations, offering enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. However, if you intend to put in roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an additional 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 decrease the clearance height of a bay opening.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have perception when choosing the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. Nowadays farm machinery is escalating in size and is very likely to continue to increase, so factor this into your steel shed design to use your machinery space for years to come.
We advise discussing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our professional building consultants, so our team can supply a best-practice design and quote on your machinery or shearing shed.
MACHINERY SHED DESIGN OPTIONS
When it comes to the style for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are generally 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great solution if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This preference offers complete safeguard from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Extra spaces can be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Allows you to unhitch implements under cover or as an alternative leave items hitched and merely drive in to hide from the elements. The choice is perfect for machinery that is complicated to reverse, and is a cost-effective solution to store long machinery and for access. You won’t be restricted to parking between the columns, potentially offering extra space to house more items. Additionally, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Can be the most versatile structure as it may be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side offering organic light. Bay spacing is typically about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an option with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another alternative features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will increase the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is inconceivable to take full advantage of the size of your commercial shed if you are restricted 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 called column removal, could be used to supply a wider bay opening.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Ensure the pad at the front of your shed is big enough to make accessibility simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of preparing your shed site or readying 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
A large number of farm machinery sheds can be custom-designed to measure up to your specific guidelines. The sizing of bays and how many you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based on the amount of space they require in their shed and the size of the machinery they hope to store inside.
A bay is essentially the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the larger that these are, the more space you will have to hold your machinery inside. This is incredibly handy if you possess large tractors or trucks you need to house in your farm machinery shed. There are restrictions on how far apart bays may be as they provide the structural support for the roof but, if you understand what’s going inside the shed, then our team can figure out a way to position structural components so you acquire the access needed while maintaining strength.
If you’re looking to store larger machinery items and you’re concerned 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 DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
While the (above) designs are great for storing machinery, there are more factors you will need to think about when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal access, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are pursuing extra weather defense, vermin protection or added security.
Open Sides – This is an alternative if you need to gain access to your shed by driving straight in. It could be beneficial with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access might be created from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you settle on your layout, make certain you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to think about the number of vehicles you hope to store. This will help figure out the most suitable arrangement and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you consult local government to determine compliance policies and any relevant legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always take into account the direction of prevailing weather when developing open-side or open-gable sheds. By setting up your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is exceptionally 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 avoid upkeep issues and further cost 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 advised, and possibly 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 prepped well in advance.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is considered.