Machinery Sheds Moondyne Western Australia (WA)

MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN MOONDYNE WA

Protecting your valuable farming assets from the elements could be a substantial, yet important investment. When it comes time to constructing a high quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many variables you will need to take into consideration, assuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.

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Workshop Shed

The hub of your farming operation, let us help you create a space both practical and functional for workflow.
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Machinery Sheds

We have solutions to protect and extend the life of your valuable farm equipment and machinery.
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Fertiliser / Grain Sheds

Our quality-built fertiliser sheds give you the confidence to bulk buy fertilisers and store safely until needed.
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Hay Sheds

Safely store your harvested hay in optimum conditions to preserve its quality and market value.
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Shearing Sheds

Our robust shearing sheds provide an efficient and safe workspace to get the job done.
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Equestrian Arenas

Enjoy your horse riding all year round with a fully customised arena, designed to suit your exact needs.
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Poultry Sheds

Shield your poultry from the weather and predators with a customised Wheatbelt Steel shed.
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Aircraft Hangars

We offer an array of hangars designed and fabricated to withstand Australia’s wind conditions.
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Optional Extras

We offer optional extras to help you complete the utility, safety and comfort or your unique shed design.
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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 checklist of all the machinery you wish to store in your new steel structure, along with any extra items like implements, fertilisers etc.

If you believe you may find it tough 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 space in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.

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WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?

Arguably, a key consideration to establishing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Begin by making a checklist of all the machinery you wish to store in your new steel structure, along with any extra items like implements, fertilisers etc.

If you believe you may find it tough 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 space in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.

What Size Machinery Shed Do You Really Need??

Justifiably, the overall size and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are one of the most important details for a rural farm shed project; because it matters not 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 prevent 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 determined by the machinery needed to be kept and the configuration that you decide 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 progressively frequent 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 stored. For example, a typical semi-truck will require 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 uncomplicated to add extra bays onto an existing shed, raising the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so straightforward.

Normally, a minimum allowance height of 6m is adequate for the majority of cropping operations, providing enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. However, if you plan to install roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally reduce 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 increasing 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 encourage discussing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our expert 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 commonly 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.

Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A perfect option if security is a high-priority. Possibilities include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This option offers complete safeguard from the weather, minimises dust, and makes things difficult for birds to enter. Extra spaces can be added, for example – a workshop.

Drive-through – Allows you to unhitch implements inside or alternatively leave items hitched and merely drive in to take cover from the weather. The option is optimal for machinery that is difficult to reverse, and is a cost-effective solution to house long machinery and for access. You won’t be confined to parking between the columns, possibly providing extra space to house more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.

Open-fronted Storage Shed – Might Be the most versatile structure as it may be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side providing all-natural light. Bay spacing is typically about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an alternative with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another alternative features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will increase the undercover area.

MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS

It is inconceivable to make the most of the size of your commercial shed if you are limited 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 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 access simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of planning 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.

STORAGE BAY SIZING

Most farm machinery sheds can be custom-designed to meet your specific guidelines. The sizing of bays and how many you include in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based upon the amount of space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they want to store inside.

A bay is effectively the amount of space between the columns inside the shed, so the broader that these are, the more room you will have to store your machinery inside. This is really handy if you possess large tractors or trucks you need to house in your farm machinery shed. There are constraints on how far apart bays may be as they provide 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 get the access required while preserving 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 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, and very similar to other ares such as Bambun, 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 looking for added weather protection, vermin protection or added security.

Open Sides – This is an option if you need to gain access to 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 settle on your layout, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to think about the number of vehicles you wish to store. This will help identify the best configuration and size of your shed.

Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to ascertain compliance regulations and any appropriate legislation.

Think about The Weather

Always consider 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 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

Choosing the right concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent 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 recommended, and most likely another layer of reo mesh will be required. If you believe 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 in advance.

3. Mechanically compact each layer.

4. Make your pad as flat as possible.

5. Ensure drainage is thought about.

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