Machinery Sheds Yeal Western Australia (WA)
MACHINERY SHEDS FOR FARMERS IN YEAL WA
Safeguarding your valued farming assets from the elements might be a significant, yet required financial commitment. When it comes time to constructing a quality Wheatbelt Steel machinery shed, there are many elements you will need to think about, 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 constructing a Wheatbelt Steel hot dipped steel shed is your machinery and farm equipment footprint. Kick off by making a list of all the machinery you would like to store in your new steel structure, along with any added items like implements, fertilisers etc.
If you feel you may find it challenging 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?
The overall size and dimensions of a high quality farm shed are the most important details for a rural farm shed build; 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 shortfall of storage space is exceptionally frustrating, so how can you prevent 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 calculated by the machinery needed to be stored and the configuration that you beliebe will work best. Common bay spacings for machinery sheds include 8m, 8.5 m and 9m. Even so, larger bay spacings such as 10m have become increasingly 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. Similar to your shed length, the width can also be affected by the machinery you need stored. For example, 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 considered because, while it is uncomplicated to add additional bays onto an existing shed, enhancing the height of a shed after it has been developed is not so straightforward.
Generally, a minimum allowance height of 6m will suffice for the majority of cropping operations, providing enough clearance height for machinery and equipment like air seeders. Nevertheless, if you intend to put in roller doors or sliding doors on your shed, you will need to allow an extra 500mm to your required clearance height to permit the sliding door beam (or roller door drum). Likewise, a girder truss or girder beam will also reduce the clearance height of a bay opening.
Compared to a domestic shed, you must have perception when choosing 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 encourage 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 three options: Fully Enclosed, Drive-through and Open-fronted.
Fully Enclosed Commercial Sheds– A great answer if security is a high-priority. Choices include a personal, lockable sliding access steel door. This selection offers total protection from the weather, minimises dust, and makes it difficult for birds to enter. More spaces can be added, for example – a workshop.
Drive-through – Permits you to unhitch implements inside or alternatively leave items hitched and simply drive in to hide from the elements. 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, potentially supplying 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 supplying 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 enhance the undercover area.
MACHINERY SHED ACCESS SOLUTIONS
It is difficult to make the most of the size of your commercial shed if you are restricted 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 called column removal, can 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 uncomplicated for lengthy machinery. If you are in the process of organising 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
A large number of farm machinery sheds may be custom-designed to measure up to your specific needs. The sizing of bays and the number you include in your shed is something many farmers will customise, depending upon how much space they need in their shed and the size of the machinery they desire to store inside.
A bay is effectively the volume of space between the columns inside the shed, so the wider that these are, the more area you will have to keep your machinery inside. This is really handy if you possess 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 supply 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 elements so you get the access required while preserving 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 terrific for storing machinery, there are extra aspects you will need to think about when first considering your shed design.
Doors – Personal access, sliding doors or roller doors can be an asset if you are pursuing additional 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 can be beneficial with longer equipment and during inclement weather. Open access could be created from multiple sides if required.
Know The Size of Your Equipment – Before you settle on your design, make certain 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 most suitable setup and size of your shed.
Building Code – Always make sure you consult local government to determine compliance guidelines and any pertinent legislation.
Think about The Weather
Always take into consideration the direction of prevailing weather when establishing 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 exceptionally crucial for hay sheds.
WHAT IS THE NEEDED THICKNESS FOR A CONCRETE SLAB?
Selecting the proper concrete slab thickness for your farm shed project, especially in areas such as Two Rocks, Butler and Woodridge in WA, can help prevent maintenance issues and further expenditure 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 like tractors. However, if you are driving fully loaded semis or B-Doubles across the slab, a 170mm to 200mm is recommended, and potentially another layer of reo mesh will be required. If you feel 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 developed.
2. Give the pad time to settle, have it prepared well in advance.
3. Mechanically compact each layer.
4. Make your pad as flat as possible.
5. Ensure drainage is taken into account.