A well-designed farm machinery workshop shed makes machinery maintenance both safer and easier and keeps downtime to a minimum.
With extended lead times for new farm machinery and equipment and a shortage of replacement parts and components, machinery storage and maintenance has never been more important.
There are several ways to achieve the ideal maintenance workspace for your farm. A popular option is to build an open-front machinery shed and enclose one or more bays at one end of the shed.
However, for larger operators such as cropping enterprises, the best option may be a separate stand-alone shed like the fully enclosed lock up workshop built for Jordan Farms.
Built in 2017, the workshop shed is used specifically for maintenance and repairs and recent additions such as the retrofitted gantry crane make this project a highly practical and efficient set up.
Keep reading to learn more about this project and use it as a starting point or inspiration for planning your workshop shed build.
Size: 45m (long) x 24m (wide) x 8.5m (high)
Location: Murtoa VIC
Build date: October 2017
Extra Coverage With A Canopy
The major feature of this project is probably the 12-metre-wide cantilevered canopy that is the full length of the shed.
As there are no columns on the outside of the canopy, wide gear and machinery can be drive in undercover for maintenance and servicing without being folded up.
The canopy also provides sheltered access to the side sliding door.
Lighting Makes Maintenance Hours Flexible
Hi-bay lights suspended from the canopy and through the shed are a very useful additions as maintenance can be carried out at any time, day or night.
Strips of skylights are also used on one side of the shed to provide natural light through the shed, providing the best of both worlds. Taking advantage of the available natural light helps reduce power costs.
Well-Planned Access Points
Jordan Farms have satisfied building design requirements and avoided having limited access to their fully enclosed shed by carefully planning the access points:
- A sliding door on the gable end means the full length of the shed can be taken advantage of when maneuvering machinery.
- A girder truss (which involves removing a column) has been used to achieve a 15-metre-wide sliding door opening on the canopy side of the shed.
- A number of lockable personal access doors have also been installed for easy and secure access.
Organised Working Areas Equals Safe & Efficient Maintenance
A mezzanine floor, a well-lit workstation, relocatable workbenches and smart shelving systems all contribute to a organised workspace. This means tools are easier to locate and maintenance work can be completed more quickly and easily.
A retrofitted gantry crane allows heavy machinery parts to be easily lifted, moved and put into place.
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