Machinery Sheds Muchea Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN MUCHEA WA
Protecting your valued farming resources from the elements might be a significant, yet important financial commitment. When it comes time to building a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many elements you will need to take into consideration, assuring 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 building a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Begin by making a checklist of all the machinery you would like to keep in your new steel structure, along with any added 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 reconsider 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 sizing and dimensions of a high quality farm shed are among the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it matters not how many smart design features your shed has, if you can’t physically fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A lack of storage space is incredibly frustrating, so how can you prevent it? Here are the main points to look at when figuring out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be figured out by the machinery needed to be stored and the setup that you decide will work best. Typical bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings including 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. Like your shed length, the width can also be affected by the machinery you need housed. For example, 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 meticulously considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add extra bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so simple.
Normally, 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. Nevertheless, if you intend to install roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an added 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will also lower the clearance height of a bay opening.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have foresight when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. These days farm machinery is escalating 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 recommend talking about 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 pertains to 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 perfect solution if security is a high-priority. Options include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This preference offers full safeguard from the weather, minimises dust, and makes it difficult for birds to enter. Extra spaces may be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Enables you to unhitch implements under cover or conversely leave items hitched and just drive in to take cover from the elements. The option is suitable 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, possibly offering extra space to store more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Can be the most versatile structure as it can be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side providing organic light. Bay spacing is usually about 8-9m, however, double bays can be an alternative with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another alternative features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will enhance the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS
It is difficult 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 referred to as column removal, can 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 accessibility uncomplicated for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of organising your shed site or prepping 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 CHOICES
The majority of farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to measure up to your specific demands. The sizing of bays and the number you include in your shed is something many farmers will customise, depending upon how much space they require in their shed and the size of the machinery they desire 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 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 possibly be as they provide 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 get the access needed while sustaining strength.
If you’re looking to store larger machinery items and you’re worried 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 extra variables you will need to think about when first considering your shed design.
Doors – Personal connectivity, sliding doors or roller doors may 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 access your shed by driving straight in. It could 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 factor in the number of vehicles you wish to store. This will help figure out the most ideal configuration and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always ensure you get in touch with local government to determine compliance guidelines and any relevant legislation.
Consider The Weather
Weather in Muchea can vary from other close by areas such as Chittering and Moondyne. Always take into consideration 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 guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is exceptionally essential for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE REQUIRED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB
Selecting the correct concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help avoid maintenance issues and further cost 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 like 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 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 built.
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 attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into consideration.