Machinery Sheds Culham Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR CULHAM WESTERN AUSTRALIAN FARMERS
Securing your important farming assets from the elements may be a considerable, yet necessary investment. When it comes time to building a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many elements you will need to think about, ensuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.
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TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHAT MACHINERY IS REQUIRED TO BE STORED
Arguably, a key consideration to establishing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Start by making a checklist of all the resources you would like to store in your new steel shed, in addition to any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you believe 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 optimal space from the start will help prevent you from running out of area 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 top quality farm shed are one of the most essential details for a rural farm shed build; because it matters not how many smart design attributes 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 consider when working out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be calculated by the equipment needed to be kept and the setup 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 considerably usual 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 housed. For instance, a typical semi-truck will need a 21m span whereas a B-double will call for a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be meticulously planned because, while it is easy to add additional bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been built is not so straightforward.
Usually, a minimum allowance height of 6m will suffice for the majority of cropping operations, supplying enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. However, 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 allow for the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). In a similar way, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally reduce the clearance height of a bay opening.
Compared to a domestic shed, you must have foresight when deciding on 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 recommend 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 concerns the design for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are usually a trio of 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 selection offers total security from the weather, minimises dust, and makes things difficult for birds to enter. Additional spaces may 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 option is ideal for machinery that is complicated to reverse, and is a cost-effective option to store long machinery and for access. You won’t be restricted to parking between the columns, potentially offering extra space to house more items. Additionally, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – May Be the most versatile structure as it may 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 could be an opportunity with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another choice features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will increase the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is inconceivable to make the most of the area of your commercial shed if you are confined by impractical 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, can 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 uncomplicated 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.
SIZE OF YOUR STORAGE BAYS
Most farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to meet your specific guidelines. The sizing of bays and how many you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based upon how much space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they desire to store inside.
A bay is essentially the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the broader that these are, the more space you will have to keep your machinery inside. This is really 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 be as they offer the structural support for the roof but, if you know what’s going inside the shed, then our team can identify a way to position structural components so you get the access needed while sustaining strength.
If you’re wanting to store larger machinery items and you’re concerned 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 terrific for storing machinery, there are more variables you will need to take into consideration when first considering your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are looking for extra weather protection, vermin protection or added security.
Open Sides – This is an alternative if you need to access your shed by driving straight in. It might be advantageous with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access may 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 consider the number of vehicles you wish to store. This will help identify the most suitable setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make certain you check with local government to determine compliance policies and any appropriate legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always consider 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 ensure 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 right concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help avoid upkeep issues and further cost 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 potentially 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 constructed.
2. Give the pad time to settle, have it ready well in advance.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is considered.