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Implement Storage
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Tom A    Posted 05-30-2002 at 05:32:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Guess I have too many toys, but I'm at a loss about how to store all these things. I have several outbuildings, and if I'm really careful I can get almost everything inside one, which I do for winter.

But nothing is convenient that way...can't get to the mower without having to move rake and plow.

So I tend to leave stuff out more than I know I should. Sometimes I swear I'll be good and at least throw a tarp over stuff, but even that takes more time than I sometimes have. I don't want my stuff to rust away (spent a lot of time and money finding good old working implements), but if it seems if I take the time to store it inside, that is all I have time to do.

Is it just me? What do y'all do?


REDNECKMATT    Posted 05-31-2002 at 15:28:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Tom
I started with the size pole barn I could aford to build 20x24 then did the inside to meet my needs. In one corner is 3 goat birthing and sick bays, 2-6x5 1-12x5. Other corner on that side is for hay storage. On the other side is the 11'x11' sliding door straight in the back goes the baller with a loft over top to keep from to much lost space, then the sicle mower is behind the bailer, pain in the back side since ya need the mower first but it fits there nice. Then the tractor sits rite in front of the door. Last year I added a shed style roof off the back of the barn 16x24 half is a run in shed for the goats the other half I back my hay wagon in. Over the winter I put my hay rake, bush hog, and any other small implaments on the wagon. The west end of the shed part is closed in with hatches in the wall and a feed bunk inside. the other end is closed off by the hay wagon it has solid sides on it not shur wat the wagon was ment for but makes a good hay wagon. there is abought 3 feet between the wagon and the goat divider were I put extra boards and fence post, etc..

Spence    Posted 05-31-2002 at 06:06:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anything that has sleeve,ball bearings or slides metal on metal goes under canvas as I don't have a machinery shed yet. Ball bearings have the priority.

I'm redoing an old wheeled sickle bar mower now and I'm going to sand blast and rust remover
before I apply grease by hand to the blade. Then the blade gets a canvas shirt to keep rain out.
The tractor (MH30) is outside, but I remove the exhaust stack and put a can on the manifold hole to stop water entry. Tractors need uncracked rubber shift boots and good trans cover seals if you keep them outside. I bring up hyd cylinder in the up position to keep dust off the chrome, and tie that in the position. Dash light switches and gauges start to get humid. The switches stop working and you end up tapping the gauges to get the needle past the rust.

Tires get sun fatigued as well.

Tom A -- thanks for the suggestions    Posted 05-31-2002 at 03:31:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Good stuff for me to think about. I think an open shed is probably the way for me to go, just have to settle on the design.

thanks guys!

rhudson    Posted 05-30-2002 at 19:02:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom A,

on the machinery shed, something to think about. i made my post shed with as much distance between the post as possible about 14 to 16 feet. i thought that was a good idea. now i'm finding that in some cases, its wasted space (as far as parking tractors or equipment) I would have been just as well off using 10 or 12 foot centers because i can only get one width of equipment (the wider stuff) in each bay. the extra width is good for walking space, but not a great use of dollars for building supplies. i'm going to start building sheds specifically for a certain item of equipment in the future. i also am going to spread tractors around in seperate sheds, in case of fire

DeadCarp    Posted 05-30-2002 at 07:07:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you need a machine shed, Tom. Cheapest way is just a roof, maybe a lean-to to hide from the wind. Next cheapest way is 2 sides (northwest corner here - wherever the storms come from) with a galv roof. Properly-screwed wall sheeting will provide lotsa wind-brace. If you cover 3 sides cuz then you've created a potential giant parachute, i've seen endwalls blow out & galv roofs peel back in a roll. best to close her off with roller doors (or even tarps) if yer going that far.
Around here throwing a tarp right over a machine is begging for rust. Better to run them up on old planks in the woods.

F14    Posted 05-30-2002 at 06:20:57       [Reply]  [No Email]

When I built my barn, I used an el cheapo shareware CAD program, and made rectangular blocks to scale representing each tractor or implement I wished to keep under cover. Then I moved things around with an eye toward having access to every thing without having to spend time shuffling things around to get to what I wanted. This determined the minimum footprint of the barn.

To keep the space reasonable, I "hot-bunked" three items: My landscape rake and back-blade block each other, but I use them rarely enough that it's not a problem. My log splitter lives in a corner behind my chipper, but I only use it for a couple of days every other year or so, so that's not a big problem either.

Everything else (both tractors, back hoe, tiller, bush hog, post hole digger, manure spreader) are where I can get at them directly. My disk and log boom still live outside, but I had to draw the line somewhere...

Dennis    Posted 05-30-2002 at 07:50:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are those Penn Dutch Hex Signs I see in your picture?
Nice shed.

F14...Yup    Posted 05-30-2002 at 15:21:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

My daughter painted 'em up for me from some samples I stole off the Internet...

D. Mosey    Posted 05-30-2002 at 07:22:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure is a nice lookin job of it. Good idea on the software. I used graph paper & 2 lbs. of eraser.

JoeK    Posted 05-30-2002 at 05:59:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can you "double deck" ie:build an elevated platform along the inside of a building(similar to a loading dock).Possible access from outside via ramp and additional door?Larger items go beneath,smaller on second level,appx 4-5 ft up.Friend did this on pole barn:fishing boat,bush hog,plow etc under,tillers/mowers,garden tractor etc above.

Nathan(GA)    Posted 05-30-2002 at 05:44:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't remember where you are Tom. Down here stuff rusts overnight. Most people, myself included, leave it out. I see alot of folks leave their tractor out. I do put my tractor under the shed. Heck with the humidity here, raw metal and "todays chrome" will rust under a shed.

Tom A    Posted 05-30-2002 at 06:09:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm in western Maryland. Not near as humid as in Georgia, but it does get pretty damp during the summer. My sicklebar mower just got a coat of rust about 3 days after I'd buffed it all off using it.

The only thing I'm really good about getting under cover every time is my old tractor.


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