Machinery Sheds Yanchep Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN YANCHEP WA
Shielding your important farming assets from the elements could be a considerable, yet important investment. When it comes time to building a premium Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many factors 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
Most likely, a key consideration like the majority of sheds in Western Australia, is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Start by making a checklist of all the machinery you would like to store in your new steel structure, along with any supplementary items such as implements, fertilisers etc.
If you think you may find it difficult to move about your farm equipment, once safely secured inside, you’ll need to reevaluate the size of your farm shed. Future-proofing your ideal space from the beginning will help stop you from running out of room in the long-term, saving you important time and money.
WHAT SIZE MACHINERY SHED DO YOU NEED?
You may be surprised, however the overall size and dimensions of a premium farm shed are among the most important details for a rural farm shed build; because it doesn’t matter how many smart design attributes your shed has, if you can’t literally fit your machinery– it defeats all purpose!
A deficiency of storage space is exceptionally frustrating, so how can you steer clear of it? Here are the main points to look at when working 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 kept and the configuration that you decide will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Having said that, larger bay spacings like 10m have become progressively usual 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. Like your shed length, the width can also be influenced by the machinery you need housed. For example, a common semi-truck will call for a 21m span whereas a B-double will need a 30m span.
The height of your shed needs to be thoroughly planned because, while it is simple to add additional bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been constructed is not so straightforward.
Normally, a minimum clearance height of 6m is adequate for the majority of cropping operations, supplying enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. However, if you intend to put in 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). Likewise, a girder truss or girder beam will additionally decrease the clearance height of a bay opening.
Compared to a domestic shed, you must have foresight when deciding on the size of your Wheatbelt Steel industrial shed. In today times 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 recommend talking about 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 concerns the design for hay sheds, grain sheds, custom sheds, workshop sheds, large machinery sheds, bay sheds or a workshop, there are usually three options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A fantastic option 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. Extra spaces may be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Enables you to unhitch implements inside or conversely leave items hitched and just drive in to take cover from the weather. 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 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 may be used for machinery, grain or hay storage, with the open side providing natural light. Bay spacing is normally about 8-9m, however, double bays can be an opportunity with the inclusion of a girder truss. Another alternative 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 area of your commercial shed if you are confined by illogical 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 offer a wider bay entrance.
Sliding doors to one end or at both ends.
Ensure the pad at the front of your shed is big enough to make access simple for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of planning 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 CHOICES
The majority of farm machinery sheds can be custom-designed to satisfy your specific needs. The sizing of bays and the number you include in your shed is something many farmers will customise, based upon the amount of space they need to have in their shed and the size of the machinery they hope to store inside.
A bay is effectively the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the larger that these are, the more space you will have to hold 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 know what’s going inside the shed, then our team can determine a way to position structural components so you get the access required while preserving 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 some designs are excellent for storing machinery, there are more aspects you will need to take into consideration when first planning your shed design.
Doors – Personal accessibility, 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 gain access to your shed by driving straight in. It might 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 finalise your concept, ensure 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 best setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you check with local government to identify compliance policies and any pertinent legislation.
Consider The Weather
Always take into account the direction of prevailing weather when developing open-side or open-gable sheds. By positioning your Wheatbelt Steel shed opening away from incoming weather, you can ensure 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 maintenance 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 such as tractors. However, if you are driving fully loaded semis or B-Doubles across the slab, a 170mm to 200mm is encouraged, and potentially 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 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.