Farm Equipment Storage Ideas

Farm equipment has to be stored in a way that is organized and where the equipment is easily accessible. Inefficient, compromised farm equipment storage will frustrate you and put the equipment at risk of damage. A building for this type of storage also has to be carefully constructed and made of high-quality material. A prefab steel building is arguably the best way to secure your farm machinery.

Here are some farm equipment storage ideas to keep in mind as you assemble your best storage arrangement.

1. Easy Access to Your Storage Site

Prepare your storage site in advance. The access point where you place your storage should be easily accessible. Ensure you don’t have to put your equipment or you at risk by driving it over, even as it’s being built.

2. Protect Equipment From Corrosion

There are many ways to prevent your equipment from getting rust and corrosion. In addition to cleaning it after each use and washing off chemicals, ensure it’s not stored outside. Have enough storage room for all of your farm equipment with proper covering against the elements.

3. Try a Drive-Through Configuration

For wide machinery storage and large equipment, a drive-through configuration for your storage house is cost-effective and can provide the widest opening possible. A facility can have sliding doors on the side or a gable end for weather protection.

4. Prefab Steel Building Is Smart, Premium Design

Prefab steel buildings can be customized to the exact specs you need. They’re affordable and smart investments, offering around-the-clock protection for your farm equipment. If you have the square footage, this solution is also easily scalable, and installing a second or third steel building can be easily done.

5. Cluster Similar Equipment Together

Farm equipment should be carefully stored in areas defined for similar equipment. This applies to farm tools as well, including those that have electrical needs and require routine charging.

6. Factor In Extra Wide Bay Spacings

Future-proof your storage area. Farm machinery may increase in size over time as you upgrade and/or replace what you have today. Have extra wide bay spacings ready.

7. If In Doubt, Use Double Bay Spacings

Remove a column between two bays for double bay spacing and use a girder truss or girder beam to span the distance in its place. This will create a large opening and double your bay size for larger equipment.

8. Use Rolling Bins to Move With You

If you are maintaining multiple pieces of farm equipment, set up your tools on a rolling shop rack. If there’s waste you have to remove or you’re going to be creating waste when cleaning your equipment, use rolling garbage bins. Consider what would be handy to have on casters that can be mobile throughout your storage area.

9. Invest in the Right Storage Products

Most farm equipment is large. Some components, however, are much smaller. Ensure you invest some money into the right containers and storage setup to keep your components and equipment organized.

10. Use a Hose Reel Mount

You may need to spray down your machines regularly. To protect a power-washing hose from getting worn out, install a mounting frame for it. This way, you can easily store the hose when not used and bring it out from the wall when needed.

11. Minimal Internal Obstacles to Move Around

When moving farm equipment in or out, you want as little risk as possible when driving into a pole, pillar, or internal structural component; a steel structure requires fewer components and provides maximum space free from any obstacles.

12. Have a Clear Span Interior

A storage structure should be kept open and easy to navigate. The interiors should be visible, especially for large, heavy-duty machinery. 

13. Ensure Minimal Moisture Exposure

Your farm equipment storage facility should be able to protect all of your equipment from fluctuating weather. This includes preventing moisture buildup indoors and extending the lifespan of your fleet. In the most demanding conditions, your farm equipment should be protected.

14. Stable Temperatures Year-Round

Elements of your farm equipment may have their performance hampered by extreme cold or hot summer temperatures. Have your storage area maintain a stable temperature no matter what the season throws at you. A material like steel can provide this security.

15. Special Storage for Tech

Farm equipment may include drones and advanced technology that will necessitate more protection than a classic piece of heavy machinery. Check with your tech manufacturer for exact storage guidelines.

16. Consider Future Needs

While you want to personalize your farm equipment storage space for today, you will also want to ensure there’s a lot of future-proofing going on. Ensure your storage facility is not just suited to wide farm equipment. Your storage has to be adaptable because your needs may change.

Kelly Young is a writer born and raised in Toronto. Proud of her simple and cozy life, a perfect evening for Kelly would be to snuggle up in bed with her cat and a well-written historic memoir.