Machinery Sheds Copley Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN COPLEY WA
Protecting your valued farming resources from the weather might be a substantial, yet necessary financial commitment. When it comes time to building a high quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are several elements you will need to consider, ensuring 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 establishing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Begin by making a list of all the machinery you intend to store in your new steel structure, as well as any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it tough to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll want to reassess the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your suitable space from the start will help stop you from running out of space in the long-term, saving you important time and money with your machinery shed build.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED IS REQUIRED?
Justifiably, the specifications and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are among the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter 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 unbelievably frustrating, so how can you avoid it? Here are the main points to take into consideration when figuring out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be figured out by the equipment needed to be stored and the arrangement that you beliebe will work best. Popular bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings like 10m have become considerably frequent as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can range from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with common spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Similar to your shed length, the width can also be swayed by the machinery you need stored. For instance, a typical semi-truck will need a 21m span whereas a B-double will need a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be carefully planned because, while it is easy to add additional bays onto an existing shed, raising the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so simple.
Usually, a minimum allowance height of 6m will suffice for the majority of cropping operations, providing enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. Nevertheless, if you plan to mount roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to enable the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally decrease the clearance height of a bay opening.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have foresight when selecting the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. These days farm machinery is increasing 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 discussing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our expert 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 design 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 answer if security is a high-priority. Choices include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This selection offers total 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 – Allows you to unhitch implements inside or conversely leave items hitched and just drive in to hide from the weather. The choice is ideal 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, possibly supplying extra space to store more items. Additionally, 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 natural light. Bay spacing is usually about 8-9m, however, double bays can be an opportunity with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another option features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will enhance the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is impossible to take full advantage of the size of your commercial shed if you are limited 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 called column removal, may be used to provide a wider bay opening.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Ensure the pad at the front of your shed is big enough to make access uncomplicated 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
Most 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 customise, based upon the amount of space they need in their shed and the size of the machinery they hope 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 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 elements so you acquire the access needed while maintaining strength.
If you’re wanting to store larger machinery items and you’re troubled 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 fantastic for storing machinery, there are more variables you will need to consider when first planning your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are seeking extra weather protection, 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 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 settle on your style, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to consider the number of vehicles you want to store. This will help figure out the best arrangement and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make certain you get in touch with local government to determine compliance guidelines and any relevant legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always consider the direction of prevailing weather when constructing open-side or open-gable sheds. By setting up your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can ensure greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is extremely vital for machinery sheds in Morangup.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Choosing the right concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help avoid upkeep 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 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 built.
2. Give the pad time to settle, have it ready well beforehand.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is thought about.