November 3

The Best Heavy Machinery Sheds

Last Updated on December 22, 2022

If you own and operate a lot of equipment, storage is definitely something you’ll have to consider. And if you’re into big machines, you’ll want to know the best heavy machinery sheds.

Sheds can be low-cost options for storing farm equipment and other large things. Although considered mundane by many, sheds provide a lot of options, which make for exciting solutions to your storage needs.

One of the first things you need to consider when researching sheds is what you want to store. How much large equipment will you store? The largest things take up the most space. Then consider smaller equipment and walkways through the shed, and how you will get the large equipment in and out of the shed. 

Easy in, easy out

One type of shed popular with owners of multiple mobile equipment (trucks, tractors, loaders, etc.) is the open-side shed. This type is open on one of the long sides. Its depth is often enough to allow for machines to park underneath the roof of the shed without any of the machine sticking out. There may be room to walk between the machine and the inside wall too. Ones that are deeper, allow for smaller equipment to be placed alongside the interior wall, the walkway, and larger parked equipment. 

These sheds can either be fully open or come with open bays. A shed with open bays has multiple smaller entrances—one for each machine—as opposed to one fully open side. They also have columns separating each bay. By creating separate entrances and adding columns, this helps guide the operator to position large equipment in the desired spot.  

An open-side shed is really handy when you frequently move equipment in and out. You just drive away with it and then drive back into the machine’s parking spot. You don’t have to move anything out of the way or drive around anything. 

You also save time by not opening and closing doors. A bay door is heavy. Raising it is time-consuming. Electric openers are an option, but bay doors with electric openers add quite a few dollars compared to an open-side shed.   

open-side shed vs closed shed infographic

Away from the elements

One advantage to having an open-side shed is you don’t have to worry about poor interior air quality. Much of the large equipment—trucks, tractors, and loaders—are powered by diesel engines. And these machines often need to run idle for a few minutes before being put to work, especially in cold weather. 

If you run diesel-powered equipment in a closed shed, you will have to worry about air quality. To ensure air quality is safe, you may need to install vents, fans, and carbon dioxide detectors. With an open-side shed, this concern isn’t applicable. Also, with a closed shed, lighting is more of an issue. You may require less or no artificial lighting with an open-side shed.

However, closed sheds are better at stopping weather from affecting the contents inside the shed. Snow can easily be blown inside an open shed, which can get on equipment and cause walking hazards inside the shed. Closed sheds also make the possibility of heating the shed more feasible. Too much heat escapes with the open-side type. 

Sheds that open from the front (opposed to the side) tend to have a smaller opening, because the front and rear of sheds tend to be the shorter sides. Sheds with openings on the front end can be fully open or include two equipment-sized doors that split open at the shed’s centerline. They tend to resemble a barn, although the roof may be different than that of a barn’s.

The equipment shed aesthetic

Achieve the look you want with these building material and roof options: 

building material & roof options infographic
  • Metal – weather-resistant, fire-resistant, pest-resistant, low maintenance, and easy to keep clean
  • T1-11 – a wood product available in two grades, either plywood or OSB (oriented strand board)
  • Engineered wood – a durable composite wood product capable of withstanding rot, decay, termites, and other pests
  • Vinyl – made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is highly customizable and requires little to no regular maintenance
  • Fiber-cement – composed of sand, cement, and cellulose fiber, can be used to achieve a particular pattern or even to mimic natural wood

Then you have a few roof options from which to choose.

additional roof options for sheds infographic
  • Gable – a typical, two-sided (triangle) roof
  • Gambrel – also known as a barn roof, both halves of the roof are composed of two roof pieces each at a different slope
  • Saltbox – similar to a gable roof except the apex of the roof is off-center, so one roof side is significantly longer than the other side
  • A-Frame – also similar to a gable roof, except the roof extends to the ground, thereby also forming the side walls

If you want to start looking for some heavy equipment to put in your shed, then take a gander at what Municibid has on sale today. You never know, your next bid may be just the one that wins!


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