Machinery Sheds Morangup Western Australia
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR MORANGUP FARMERS
Protecting your important farming resources from the elements may be a significant, yet important investment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous factors you will need to take into consideration, assuring the success of your undertaking and to future-proof your investments.
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DECIDING WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED
Along with the Western Australian climate, a key consideration to building a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel machinery 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, along with any additional items like implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it difficult 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 beginning will help prevent you from running out of space in the long-term, saving you precious time and money.
YOUR MACHINERY SHED CAPACITY
Justifiably, the sizing and dimensions of a quality farm shed are one of the most crucial details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t literally fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A shortfall of storage space is incredibly frustrating, so how can you avoid it? Here are the main points to look at when calculating how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be determined by the machinery needed to be kept and the setup that you beliebe will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. However, larger bay spacings including 10m have become progressively frequent 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. 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 require a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be thoroughly considered because, while it is simple to add additional bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so simple.
Usually, a minimum clearance 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 intend to mount roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an added 500mm to your required clearance height to enable 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.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have forethought when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. These days farm machinery is escalating 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 suggest talking about all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our professional building consultants, so our team can offer a best-practice design and quote on your machinery or shearing shed.
ADDITIOINAL MACHINERY SHED DESIGN OPTIONS
When it concerns the concept for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are generally a trio of options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A fantastic answer if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This selection offers full safeguard from the weather, minimises dust, and makes it difficult for birds to enter. More spaces can be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Permits you to unhitch implements inside or as an alternative leave items hitched and just drive in to take cover from the weather. The option is suitable for machinery that is tough to reverse, and is a cost-effective option to house 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 – Might 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 typically about 8-9m, however, double bays can 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 OPTIONS
It is difficult to take full advantage of the size of your commercial shed if you are restricted 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 known as column removal, could be used to offer 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 accessibility easy 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.
STORAGE BAY DIMENSIONS
The majority of farm machinery sheds may be custom-designed to satisfy your specific needs. 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 hope to store inside.
A bay is essentially the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the wider that these are, the more area you will have to hold your machinery inside. This is extremely 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 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 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 great for storing machinery, there are extra aspects you will need to take into consideration when first considering your shed design.
Doors – Personal connectivity, sliding doors or roller doors may be an asset if you are looking for extra weather defense, vermin protection or added security.
Open Sides – This is an approach if you need to access your shed by driving straight in. It may be beneficial with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access may be developed from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you finalise your concept, ensure you assess the width, height, and length of your vehicles and machinery. Don’t forget to factor in the number of vehicles you hope to store. This will help determine the most ideal setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always ensure you get in touch with local government to determine compliance guidelines and any pertinent legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always consider the direction of prevailing weather when establishing open-side or open-gable sheds. By positioning your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is incredibly important for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Selecting the proper concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help prevent maintenance 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 possibly 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 constructed.
2. Give the pad time to settle, have it ready well ahead of time.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.