Machinery Sheds Chittering Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN CHITTERING WA
Protecting your important farming assets from the elements may be a significant, yet necessary investment. When it comes time to constructing a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous factors you will need to take into consideration, assuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Likely, a key consideration to constructing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Very similar to machinery sheds in Bindoon, kick off by making a checklist of all the machinery you would like to store in your new steel structure, in addition to any added items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you believe 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 space from the beginning 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 overall size and dimensions of a quality farm shed are the most crucial details for a rural farm shed project; because it does not matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t actually fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A lack of storage space is unbelievably frustrating, so how can you steer clear of it? Here are the main points to think about when calculating 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. Popular bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. However, 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. Similar to your shed length, the width can also be affected by the machinery you need housed. For example, a typical 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 simple to add extra bays onto an existing shed, boosting the height of a shed after it has been constructed is not so straightforward.
Usually, a minimum allowance height of 6m is adequate for the majority of cropping operations, offering enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. Even so, if you plan to mount 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 lower the clearance height of a bay opening.
Compared to a domestic shed, you must have perception when deciding on 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 recommend 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 involves the design 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 fantastic solution if security is a high-priority. Choices include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This preference offers full safeguard from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Additional spaces may be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Permits you to unhitch implements under cover or alternatively leave items hitched and merely drive in to hide from the weather. The option is suitable for machinery that is complicated 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, potentially providing extra space to store more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Could Be the most versatile structure as it could be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side supplying organic light. Bay spacing is usually about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an opportunity with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another option
Moondyne Shed options can includes 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 confined by inoperable 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 supply a wider bay entrance.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Make certain 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 planning your shed site or prepping 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
A lot of farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to satisfy your specific needs. The sizing of bays and the number you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will personalise, based on how much space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they hope to store inside.
A bay is essentially the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the broader that these are, the more room you will have to keep 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 can possibly 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 components so you acquire the access needed while maintaining 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 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 excellent for storing machinery, there are extra factors you will need to take into consideration when first considering your shed design.
Doors – Personal access, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are pursuing 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 may be beneficial with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access can be developed from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you finalise your layout, make certain 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 setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to determine compliance regulations and any appropriate legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always think about the direction of prevailing weather when establishing 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 vital for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Opting for the correct concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent upkeep 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 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 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 built.
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 considered.