Machinery Sheds Two Rocks Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN TWO ROCKS WA
Protecting your important farming resources from the elements could be a significant, yet essential financial commitment. When it comes time to building a top quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are several elements you will need to take into consideration, assuring the success of your project and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Likely, a key consideration to building a Wheatbelt Steel shed in Western Australia is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Start by making a checklist of all the machinery you intend to store in your new steel structure, in addition to any supplementary items like implements, fertilisers etc.
If you think you may find it tough to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll need to reevaluate the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your optimal space from the start will help prevent you from running out of room in the long-term, saving you precious time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?
Unsurprisingly, the overall size and dimensions of a quality farm shed are the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t actually fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is extremely frustrating, so how can you steer clear of it? Here are the main points to take into consideration when calculating how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be figured out by the equipment needed to be stored and the setup that you decide will work best. Usual bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings such as 10m have become increasingly usual 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. Similar to your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need housed. For instance, a standard 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 carefully planned because, while it is uncomplicated to add additional bays onto an existing shed, boosting the height of a shed after it has been built is not so straightforward.
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. Even so, if you mean to mount roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to allow for the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). In a similar way, a girder truss or girder beam will also decrease the clearance height of a bay opening.
In contrast to a domestic shed, you must have foresight when choosing the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. In today times farm machinery is increasing 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 recommend reviewing all your machinery storage needs of your new steel shed with our expert building consultants, so our team can provide a best-practice design and quote on your machinery or shearing shed.
MACHINERY SHED DESIGN OPTIONS
When it pertains to the style for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are normally 3 options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great answer 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 can make it difficult for birds to enter. Additional spaces can be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Allows you to unhitch implements inside or as an alternative leave items hitched and simply drive in to take cover from the weather. The choice is perfect for machinery that is difficult to reverse, and is a cost-effective solution to store long machinery and for access. You won’t be limited to parking between the columns, possibly supplying extra space to store more items. Additionally, 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 providing all-natural light. Bay spacing is usually about 8-9m, however, double bays could be an opportunity with the incorporation of a girder truss. Another choice features a canopy on the open-fronted region of the shed which will boost the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS
It is difficult to make the most of the size of your commercial shed if you are confined 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 known as column removal, may be used to supply a wider bay opening.
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 uncomplicated for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of preparing 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
A large number of farm machinery sheds might be custom-designed to satisfy your specific needs. The sizing of bays and how many you include in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based upon how much space they require 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 broader that these are, the more room you will have to keep your machinery inside. This is quite handy if you have 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 supply the structural support for the roof but, if you understand what’s going inside the shed, then our team can figure out a way to position structural components so you obtain 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 utilised 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 excellent for storing machinery, there are extra aspects 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 seeking 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 might be developed from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you settle on your style, 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 best setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you get in touch with local government to ascertain compliance regulations and any appropriate legislation.
Think about The Weather
Similar to the weather in Butler, you should 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 ensure greater and long-term protection of your machinery. This is very essential 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 avoid 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 encouraged, 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 prepped well ahead of time.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.