Machinery Sheds Woodridge Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN WOODRIDGE WA
Safeguarding your valuable farming assets from the weather can be a substantial, yet required financial commitment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are numerous variables you will need to consider, ensuring the success of your undertaking and to future-proof your investments.
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CONSIDER WHAT MACHINERY NEEDS TO BE STORED
Likely, a key consideration to building a steel machinery shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Begin by making a list of all the equipment you intend to keep in your new steel structure, along with any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you think you may find it challenging 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 stop you from running out of area in the long-term, saving you valuable time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU REQUIRE?
It can be argued that the specifications and dimensions of a quality farm shed are among the most crucial details for a rural farm shed project; because it does not matter how many smart design components your shed has, if you can’t actually 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 figuring out how big your machinery shed needs to be – Length, Width and Height:
The length can be calculated by the equipment needed to be kept and the configuration that you beliebe will work best. Popular bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings including 10m have become progressively common as machinery sizes increase.
Open web truss shed type spans can range from 12m clear span to 60m clear span, with standard spans including 18m-wide, 21m-wide, 24m and 27m-wide. Like your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need housed. For instance, a typical semi-truck will call for a 21m span whereas a B-double will call for a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be thoroughly considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add extra bays onto an existing shed, boosting 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, supplying enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. Nevertheless, if you plan to install 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 also lower the clearance height of a bay opening.
Unlike a domestic shed, you must have forethought when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. These days 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 encourage 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 involves the layout for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are typically three 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 selection offers total protection from the weather, minimises dust, and can make it difficult for birds to enter. Extra spaces could be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Permits 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 suitable for machinery that is tough 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 offering extra space to store more items. Furthermore, you can load or store machinery from both ends.
Open-fronted Storage Shed – Can Possibly 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 normally about 8-9m, however, double bays may be an alternative with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another option 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 maximise 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 called column removal, may be used to offer 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 can be custom-designed to measure up to your specific requirements. The sizing of bays and how many you integrate in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based on how much space they need in their shed and the size of the machinery they wish to store inside.
A bay is primarily the amount 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 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 may be as they offer 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 concerned 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 advised designs are excellent for storing machinery, there are more aspects you will need to think about when first preparing your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, 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 option if you need to access your shed by driving straight in. It could 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 style, make certain 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 figure out the most suitable setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make certain you consult local government to determine compliance guidelines and any relevant legislation, especially for areas such as Two Rocks, Butler, and Yanchep.
Think about The Weather
Always take into consideration the direction of prevailing weather when designing 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 exceptionally essential for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE NEEDED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB?
Opting for the appropriate concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project can help avoid maintenance 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 think 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 prepared well beforehand.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as attainable.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into consideration.