Machinery Sheds Nunile Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN NUNILE WA
Shielding your important farming resources from the weather might be a significant, yet essential financial commitment. When it comes time to building a high quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed in Nunile, there are numerous elements you will need to think about, assuring the success of your undertaking and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY IS REQUIRED TO BE STORED
Most likely, a key consideration to establishing a quality Wheatbelt Steel product shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Kick off by making a list of all the resources you would like to store in your new steel structure, along with any extra 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 suitable space from the beginning will help stop you from running out of room in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU REQUIRE?
Justifiably, the specifications and dimensions of a top quality farm shed are one of the most essential details for a rural farm shed project; because it doesn’t matter 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 exceptionally frustrating, so how can you avoid it? Here are the main points to take into consideration when figuring out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be determined by the machinery needed to be stored and the setup that you decide will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. However, larger bay spacings like 10m have become progressively typical 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 swayed by the machinery you need housed. For example, a common 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 thoroughly planned because, while it is simple to add extra bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been constructed is not so straightforward.
Generally, 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 extra 500mm to your required clearance height to enable the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Similarly, a girder truss or girder beam will also reduce the clearance height of a bay opening.
Unlike a domestic shed, you must have forethought when selecting the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. Nowadays 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 suggest talking about 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 comes to the layout for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are usually 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A superb solution if security is a high-priority. Choices include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This choice offers complete protection from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Extra spaces may be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Enables you to unhitch implements inside or alternatively leave items hitched and merely drive in to take cover from the elements. The option is ideal for machinery that is difficult to reverse, and is a cost-effective option to house long machinery and for access. You won’t be limited to parking between the columns, potentially providing extra space to store 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 organic light. Bay spacing is usually about 8-9m, however, double bays could be an opportunity with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another alternative includes a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will boost the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS OPTIONS
It is impossible to maximise the area of your commercial shed if you are restricted by inoperable 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, could be used to offer 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 simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of preparing 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.
STORAGE BAY SIZING OPTIONS
The majority of farm machinery sheds can 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 personalise, based upon the amount of space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they desire to store inside.
A bay is essentially the volume 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 incredibly handy if you have large tractors or trucks you need to house in your farm machinery shed. There are restrictions 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 determine a way to position structural elements so you get the access needed while sustaining strength.
If you’re seeking to store larger machinery items and you’re worried 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 access, sliding doors or roller doors may be an asset if you are pursuing additional 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 could be advantageous 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 concept, make sure 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 figure out the most suitable configuration and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to determine compliance policies and any appropriate legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always look at the direction of prevailing weather when building open-side or open-gable sheds. By setting up your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can guarantee greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is extremely essential 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 upkeep issues and further expense 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 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 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 attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is considered.