Machinery Sheds Dewars Pool Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR DEWARS POOL WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Protecting your valued farming resources from the weather may be a considerable, yet essential financial commitment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous elements you will need to take into consideration, ensuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.
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TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Likely, a key consideration to establishing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel machinery shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Kick off by making a checklist of all the machinery you would like to store in your new steel structure, in addition to any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it challenging to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll want to reconsider the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your optimal space from the beginning will help stop you from running out of area in the long-term, saving you important time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU REALLY NEED?
Justifiably, the overall size and dimensions of a high quality farm shed are one of the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it matters not how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t literally fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is unbelievably frustrating, so how can you steer clear of 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 calculated by the machinery needed to be kept and the setup that you decide will work best. Typical bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings including 10m have become considerably usual as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can vary from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with common spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Like your shed length, the width can also be swayed by the machinery you need housed. For example, a standard semi-truck will call for 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 additional bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been built is not so straightforward.
Usually, a minimum clearance height of 6m is adequate for most 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 additional 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Likewise, 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 selecting the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. Nowadays farm machinery is increasing in size and is likely to continue to increase, so factor this into your steel shed design to use your machinery space for years to come.
We encourage 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 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 superb solution if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This preference offers full security from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Additional spaces could be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Enables you to unhitch implements inside or as an alternative leave items hitched and simply drive in to hide from the elements. The choice is optimal for machinery that is challenging to reverse, and is a cost-effective solution to house long machinery and for access. You won’t be limited to parking between the columns, potentially offering 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 could be an opportunity with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another alternative features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will boost the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is impossible to make the most of the area of your commercial shed if you are confined 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, may be used to supply a wider bay opening.
- Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
- Make sure the pad at the front of your shed is big enough to make access simple 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.
DIMENSIONS FOR YOUR STORAGE BAYS
The majority of farm machinery sheds can 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 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 effectively the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the wider that these are, the more space you will have to store 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 limitations on how far apart bays can be as they supply the structural support for the roof but, if you know what’s going inside the shed, then our team can determine a way to position structural components so you obtain the access required while preserving 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 LAYOUT FACTORS TO CONSIDER
While the (above) designs are excellent for storing machinery, there are more variables you will need to think about when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are seeking added weather defense, 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 created from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you finalise your design, make sure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to think about the number of vehicles you hope to store. This will help identify the best configuration and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make certain you get in touch with local government to identify compliance regulations and any pertinent legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always take into account 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 ensure greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is very essential for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE MANDATED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Choosing the appropriate concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent 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 such as tractors. However, if you are driving fully loaded semis or B-Doubles across the slab, a 170mm to 200mm is suggested, and most likely 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 prepared well ahead of time.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.