Machinery Sheds Clackline Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR CLACKLINE FARMERS
Securing your valuable farming resources from the elements can be a considerable, yet important financial commitment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many elements you will need to take into consideration, 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 constructing 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, in addition to any additional items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you think you may find it tough to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll need to reassess the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your suitable space from the beginning will help prevent 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 premium farm shed are one of the most crucial details for a rural farm shed project; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t actually fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is exceptionally frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to think about when working out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be determined by the equipment needed to be kept and the configuration that you decide will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings such as 10m have become progressively common 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. Like your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need housed. For instance, a common semi-truck will require a 21m span whereas a B-double will require a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be meticulously considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add extra bays onto an existing shed, boosting the height of a shed after it has been built is not so simple.
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. Even so, if you plan to put in roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an added 500mm to your required clearance height to permit 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.
Unlike a domestic shed, you must have perception 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 suggest reviewing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our specialist 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 concerns the style for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are commonly 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great answer if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This choice offers full security from the weather, minimises dust, and makes things difficult for birds to enter. More spaces could be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Permits you to unhitch implements under cover or as an alternative leave items hitched and just drive in to take cover from the weather. The choice is optimal for machinery that is tough 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, possibly offering extra space to store 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 providing natural light. Bay spacing is normally about 8-9m, however, double bays can be an opportunity with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another choice includes a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will increase the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESSABILITY SOLUTIONS
It is impossible to take full advantage 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 opening.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Make certain 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 organising 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.
SIZE OF YOUR STORAGE BAYS
A large number of farm machinery sheds may be custom-designed to satisfy your specific needs. The sizing of bays and the number you include in your shed is something many farmers will personalise, based on the amount of space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they hope 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 room you will have to hold your machinery inside. This is incredibly handy if you have 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 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 worried 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 fantastic for storing machinery, there are extra variables you will need to consider when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, sliding doors or roller doors may be an asset if you are pursuing additional 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 can be developed from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you settle on your design, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to factor in the number of vehicles you wish to store. This will help figure out the best configuration and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always ensure you consult local government to ascertain compliance regulations and any relevant legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always take into account the direction of prevailing weather when developing 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 extremely essential for hay sheds.
Other local areas such as Mokine are very similar.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Selecting the correct concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help avoid upkeep issues and further expense 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 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 developed.
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 possible.
5. Ensure drainage is thought about.