Machinery Sheds Bejoording Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FARMERS IN BEJOORDING WA
Securing your valued farming assets from the elements can be a significant, yet important financial commitment. When it comes time to constructing a high quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed ideal for Bejoording, there are several factors you will need to take into consideration, assuring the success of your machinery shed project and to future-proof your investments.
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THINK ABOUT WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Likely, a key consideration to constructing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped machinery shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Kick off by making a list of all the equipment you intend to store in your new steel structure, along with any additional items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it challenging to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll want to reevaluate the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your ideal space from the start will help stop you from running out of room in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?
Justifiably, the sizing and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are among the most crucial details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t literally fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A shortfall of storage space is exceptionally frustrating, so how can you avoid it? Here are the main points to consider when calculating how large your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be determined by the equipment needed to be stored and the configuration that you beliebe will work best. Usual bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings such as 10m have become increasingly common as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can vary from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with standard spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Similar to your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need housed. For example, a standard semi-truck will require a 21m span whereas a B-double will require a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be thoroughly considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add additional bays onto an existing shed, boosting the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so simple.
Typically, a minimum clearance height of 6m will suffice for the majority of cropping operations, supplying enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. Even so, if you intend to mount roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will also lower the clearance height of a bay opening.
Compared to a domestic shed, you must have forethought when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. In today times farm machinery is escalating 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 advise reviewing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our specialist building consultants, so our team can provide 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 normally three 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 choice offers complete security from the weather, minimises dust, and makes it difficult for birds to enter. More 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 take cover from the weather. The choice is optimal for machinery that is difficult 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 supplying extra space to house more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – May Be the most versatile structure as it can be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side supplying all-natural light. Bay spacing is normally about 8-9m, however, double bays can be an alternative with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another alternative features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will enhance the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is inconceivable to maximise the size of your commercial shed if you are confined by illogical 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, could 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 accessibility easy for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of organising 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 may be custom-designed to measure up to your specific demands. The sizing of bays and how many you incorporate in your shed is something many farmers will personalise, depending upon how much space they need in their shed and the size of the machinery they want to store inside.
A bay is essentially the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the wider that these are, the more area you will have to store your machinery inside. This is extremely 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 can possibly be as they supply the structural support for the roof but, if you know what’s going inside the shed, then our team can determine a way to position structural elements so you obtain the access needed while preserving strength.
If you’re wanting to store larger machinery items and you’re worried about supporting the roof of your shed, Wheatbelt Steel’s trussovers can also be employed 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 extra aspects you will need to think about when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal connectivity, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are looking for 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 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 style, 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 figure out the most ideal configuration and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always ensure you check with local government to determine compliance guidelines and any appropriate legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always take into account the direction of prevailing weather when establishing open-side or open-gable sheds. By positioning your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is very important for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Selecting the correct concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent maintenance issues and further cost 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 encouraged, and most likely 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 developed.
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 attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is considered.