Imagine you just bought some brand new machinery and you are about to drive it into your machinery shed when it dawns on you…. Your machinery shed bays are not wide enough to store your new boom sprayer….
Believe it or not, it is an issue many farmers have been coming to us with recently. You have paid a substantial amount of money on your machinery and you need somewhere to protect it and keep it safe.
My advice to you when designing a machinery shed is to make sure you give yourself enough space and wide spans. I read an article recently which suggested giving yourself an extra third of the size.
I can’t think of anything worse than reversing your header back and forth trying to squash it in next to your other machinery, spending time rearranging it all a few time a year or not being able to get in the door of your header because it is so close to the truck.
There are other factors to consider, should you choose a Wheatbelt Steel wide span shed. We generally recommend your clear span be no wider than 8m, things start to get a bit more pricy after this.
It is also good to consider the fact that you lose half a column either side of each wide span.
If you choose to go for a Wheatbelt Steel wide span shed, I also recommend rethinking your clearance height. In order to make a clear span shed strong enough we use a web truss which will typically lower your clearance height about 800 or 1500mm depending on the width of the shed.