Machinery Sheds Bindoon Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN BINDOON WA
Securing your important farming resources from the elements can be a substantial, yet important investment. When it comes time to constructing a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are several variables you will need to consider, assuring the success of your undertaking and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Arguably, a key consideration to building a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Kick off by making a checklist of all the equipment you want to store in your new steel structure, along with any additional items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
Interestingly with Perth machinery, you believe you may find it challenging to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll wish to reassess the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your optimal space from the beginning will help avoid 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 overall size and dimensions of a high quality farm shed are among the most important details for a rural farm shed project; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design features your shed has, if you can’t actually fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is incredibly frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to take into consideration when figuring 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 setup that you beliebe will work best. Typical bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. However, larger bay spacings including 10m have become progressively common as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can vary 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 affected by the machinery you need stored. For instance, a typical semi-truck will require a 21m span whereas a B-double will call for a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be meticulously considered because, while it is easy to add extra bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so simple.
Typically, a minimum clearance height of 6m will suffice for most 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 additional 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally reduce the clearance height of a bay opening.
Unlike a domestic shed, you must have forethought when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. Nowadays farm machinery is escalating in size and is most likely to continue to increase, so factor this into your steel shed design to use your machinery space for years to come.
We encourage talking about all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our professional 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 pertains to the layout for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are normally a trio of options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great option if security is a high-priority. Choices include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This preference offers full security from the weather, minimises dust, and makes 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 simply drive in to hide from the elements. The option is suitable for machinery that is tough to reverse, and is a cost-effective option to house long machinery and for access. You won’t be restricted to parking between the columns, possibly offering extra space to store more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Can Possibly Be the most versatile structure as it may 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 could be an alternative with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another choice features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will enhance the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS
It is inconceivable to make the most of the size of your commercial shed if you are restricted 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 known as column removal, could be used to offer 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 simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of planning 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.
SCALING 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 the number you include 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 wish to store inside.
A bay is primarily the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the larger that these are, the more area you will have to hold your machinery inside. This is quite handy if you have 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 offer the structural support for the roof but, if you understand what’s going inside the shed, then our team can identify a way to position structural components so you obtain the access needed while preserving strength.
If you’re looking 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 excellent for storing machinery, there are extra factors you will need to think about when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal access, sliding doors or roller doors may be an asset if you are looking for additional weather defense, vermin protection or added security.
Open Sides – This is an approach if you need to access your shed by driving straight in. It could 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 settle on your concept, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to think about the number of vehicles you wish to store. This will help determine the most suitable setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to determine compliance policies and any pertinent legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always think about the direction of prevailing weather when designing open-side or open-gable sheds. By placing your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is exceptionally essential for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Opting for the proper concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent 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 including tractors. However, if you are driving fully loaded semis or B-Doubles across the slab, a 170mm to 200mm is encouraged, and possibly another layer of reo mesh will be required. If you feel 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 in advance.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.