Machinery Sheds Bambun Western Australia (WA)

MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN BAMBUN WA

Shielding your valuable farming resources from the weather may be a significant, yet required investment. When it comes time to constructing a top quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many elements you will need to take into consideration, ensuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.

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Wheatbelt Steel will build the right shed for all your requirements. Follow the links below to find out more about our Real Shed™ product range.

Workshop Shed

The hub of your farming operation, let us help you create a space both practical and functional for workflow.
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Machinery Sheds

We have solutions to protect and extend the life of your valuable farm equipment and machinery.
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Fertiliser / Grain Sheds

Our quality-built fertiliser sheds give you the confidence to bulk buy fertilisers and store safely until needed.
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Hay Sheds

Safely store your harvested hay in optimum conditions to preserve its quality and market value.
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Shearing Sheds

Our robust shearing sheds provide an efficient and safe workspace to get the job done.
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Equestrian Arenas

Enjoy your horse riding all year round with a fully customised arena, designed to suit your exact needs.
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Poultry Sheds

Shield your poultry from the weather and predators with a customised Wheatbelt Steel shed.
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Aircraft Hangars

We offer an array of hangars designed and fabricated to withstand Australia’s wind conditions.
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Optional Extras

We offer optional extras to help you complete the utility, safety and comfort or your unique shed design.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED

Arguably, 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 equipment you intend to keep in your new steel structure, in addition to any added items like implements, fertilisers etc.

If you feel you may find it difficult to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll need to reconsider the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your ideal machinery shed space from the start will help stop you from running out of space in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.

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WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?

Justifiably, the sizing and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are among the most essential details for a rural farm shed build; because it matters not 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 extremely frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to think about when working out how large your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:

The length can be figured out by the machinery needed to be stored and the arrangement that you decide will work best. Typical bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings like 10m have become increasingly common as machinery sizes increase.

Open web truss shed type spans can range from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with standard 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 housed. For instance, a conventional semi-truck will need a 21m span whereas a B-double will need a 30m span.

The height of your shed needs to be meticulously considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add additional bays onto an existing shed, increasing the height of a shed after it has been built is not so straightforward.

Usually, 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 install roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an additional 500mm to your required clearance height to allow for the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Likewise, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally decrease the clearance height of a bay opening.

Compared to a domestic shed, you must have forethought when choosing the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. These days 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 specialist 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 concerns the concept for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are typically a trio of options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.

Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great solution if security is a high-priority. Possibilities include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This choice offers full protection 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 simply drive in to take cover from the weather. The choice is optimal for machinery that is complicated 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 supplying extra space to store more items. Additionally, you can load or store machinery from both ends.

Open-fronted Storage Shed – Could Be the most versatile structure as it may be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side supplying natural light. Bay spacing is typically about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an alternative with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another alternative includes a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will boost the undercover area.

MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS

It is inconceivable to make the most of 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 referred to as column removal, may be used to offer a wider bay opening.

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 easy 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.

STORAGE BAY SIZING

A large number of farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to satisfy your specific demands. The sizing of bays and the number you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based upon the amount of space they require in their shed and the size of the machinery they want to store inside.

A bay is primarily the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the broader that these are, the more space you will have to store your machinery inside. This is extremely handy if you possess large tractors or trucks you need to house in your farm machinery shed. There are limitations on how far apart bays can possibly be as they offer the structural support for the roof but, if you know what’s going inside the shed, then our team can figure out a way to position structural elements so you obtain the access required while preserving strength.

If you’re looking to store larger machinery items and you’re troubled about supporting the roof of your shed, Wheatbelt Steel’s trussovers can also be used 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 terrific for storing machinery, there are extra factors you will need to think about when first considering your shed design.

Doors – Personal accessibility, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are seeking extra weather defense, vermin protection or added security.

Open Sides – This is an approach if you need to gain access to your shed by driving straight in. It might be advantageous with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access may be created from multiple sides if required.

Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you settle on your concept, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to factor in the number of vehicles you hope to store. This will help determine the best arrangement and size of your shed.

Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to determine compliance policies and any pertinent legislation.  This can differ from area to area for example, shed construction legislation in Muchea may differ from Shed erection requirements in Bambun.

Think about The Weather

Always look at the direction of prevailing weather when constructing open-side or open-gable sheds. By placing 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 avoid maintenance issues and further expense down the track.

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 such as 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 believe 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 ready well beforehand.

3. Mechanically compact each layer.

4. Make your pad as flat as possible.

5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.

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