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#1 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 09:06 PM

After numerous requests, I finally got around to taking pictures of my shelving system for my many garden tractors. On the ground floor, I can park three tractors wide, and three tractors end to end, which gives me a total of nine tractors. As for the shelves, I can park the same amount wide (3) and only two rows end to end. Each elevated tractor sets on a 4' x 8' shelf made out of 2" x 6" framing and 3/4" plywood. The edges of the shelves each set on 2" x 12" framing, which is supported at each end by 4" x 4" pressure treated posts. Each post is notched on the bottom so they will sit down in a 6" plastic PVC pipe, that is cemented into the ground. The PVC piping is 24" deep, and setting on a 6" concrete foundation, with at minimum of 4" concrete around the outside perimeter. As you can see in the attached pictures, I can remove each shelf individaully, as well as the support framing and posts. Everything is removable. If I ever decide to sell everything, I can easily remove all the framing, and park my truck inside. It took a lot of engineering and planning, as I needed to be sure all the framing would take the weight.

Thanks for the inquiries, and for the patience. I hope you enjoy, and may be able to use this plan for your own layout. If you have any questions, ask away!

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 10:05 PM

I have a similar system here spanning one of the walls of my back shop. Instead of a ramp i have a chain hoist mounted on a track on the ceiling, that moves along. I just raise one up and swing it over to the shelf. I get a second row under the shelf, and could have a third row, as my ceiling height is 12'.

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Posted September 04, 2011 - 10:26 PM

Troy, thanks for sharing your system. The pictures really help bring it to life. Nice job.
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 06:44 AM

Thnaks for the pictures , something like that might work well for me . My son has 2 snowmobiles that could be set on shelves and I could rotate them with the garden tractors in the winter , Al
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 07:01 AM

Wonder if one of those 40 dollar atv winches would work instead on the comealong rachet winch,

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:01 AM

I have been giving the ATV winch some serious thought. It would make things go a lot faster, but then again, spending quality time with my kids in the shed all day, isn't bad.

I forgot to mention the "half shelf" last night. It's the rack that the Gilson is sitting on. I made this to serve two purposes. It is a rest shelf while ramping the tractors from the top shelves to the floor. It also makes a nice work stand while working on the tractors. It's a little heavier than I prefer, but it comes in handy.

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:04 AM

Nice work... a great idea!!!
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 09:50 AM

I'd say that's the definition of making the best use of the space that you have available! Thanks for sharing the system with us!
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 12:08 PM

Troy that's a great way to do it,Win I built my shop I thought I was going to build it bigger than needed. I had not gotten deep into the the garden tractor thing yet. Its a good thing I went larger I knew I wanted large racks but they have worked out better than I ever could have thought here are some pics.You have to find a cheap fork lift for this but it works great

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 12:20 PM

:worshippy2:Guys these are some great ideas for storage....:worshippy2:
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 12:55 PM

It's the ultimate tractor attic for the tractor addict.

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 01:48 PM

Awesome setups guys.
I'm planning something similiar. Running out of floor space.
I just lined up an electric over hydraulic fork lift.
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 07:55 PM

Thanks for posting the pictures Troy. It is easier for me to now know how your system works. I sometimes have trouble visualizing what somebody is describing to me. Your setup seems to work perfectly for you.
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Posted September 05, 2011 - 07:56 PM

It's the ultimate tractor attic for the tractor addict.

Very good play on words Todd.

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Posted September 05, 2011 - 07:58 PM

I can see the wheels turning in my dad's mind already LOL.

Nice setup guys and it does put things in perspective to understand how something works when you get to see pics :D
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