Workshop Pit

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Has anyone had one installed recently or know of any good suppliers, ideas on price etc?

Alternatively is there a list of requirements / has anyone built one themselves?
 
Done a milking parlour pit ??
Dig hole
Install drain to get any water away
Concrete the base
install ducts for leccy - lights - sockets
Build the sides with blocks
Concrete floor
Job done
 

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Never even set foot in a milking pit.

Think there’s quite a few regs involved in workshop pits. What features are considered good options to have?

Obviously electric and air. Sliding jacking beam. Waste oil collector?
What covers? Bits of wood still the best?
 

Speedstar

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
Never even set foot in a milking pit.

Think there’s quite a few regs involved in workshop pits. What features are considered good options to have?

Obviously electric and air. Sliding jacking beam. Waste oil collector?
What covers? Bits of wood still the best?
Lots of reinforcement needed if loaded trucks are to be worked on , their are a few companies that make them but they are all a lot of money,it is your safety so get it right
 

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Not suitable for any work on petrol or gas powered vehicles.
No, but we don’t have any of those vehicles.
90% of our tractors are under warranty so won’t get many engines at all over it.

I wanted to install a pit into the workshop at work, my idea was to have a T shaped one, 6m wide, so you could back the drill over it and work on the whole underside of it.
That’s my idea too. Probably a 6m long pit with a 3m ‘T’ on the end.
 

quattro

Member
Location
scotland
I made my own but already had some 6.1metre steel shutters so just made some ends and fastened some 4x4timber to sides at the top for timbers to sit in for covering it when not in use then ready mix and poker it
Use it for 44ton artics and lot more jobs as well
 

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Do dealer machinery/hgv workshops have pits?
Not many dealers do. But they are working on tractors primarily, which are designed for side access. Even gearboxes they split the tractor or lift it out the top.

Just about every HGV workshop has a pit, they are working on trailers all the time.
 

Forever Fendt

Member
Location
Derbyshire
A few pictures of one installed in about May this year 10 m long floor 6mm sides 5mm and pressed for lights and 100x75angle around the top and laser cut ribs around the sides and under floor needs about 10ton of ballast weight when concrete in to stop it floating up about £525 per meter plus delivery and installation
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Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
A few pictures of one installed in about May this year 10 m long floor 6mm sides 5mm and pressed for lights and 100x75angle around the top and laser cut ribs around the sides and under floor needs about 10ton of ballast weight when concrete in to stop it floating up about £525 per meter plus delivery and installation View attachment 832769View attachment 832770
What did you use for ballast? Water?

Is there a reason why the pressings for the lights don’t have a flat bottom? Then you could use as a tool shelf?
 

Forever Fendt

Member
Location
Derbyshire
What did you use for ballast? Water?

Is there a reason why the pressings for the lights don’t have a flat bottom? Then you could use as a tool shelf?
Mainly better spread Lights and to save setting the press to many times but we could do them like you suggest if anyone wanted one like that We have never used water for ballast
 

Andrew

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Huntingdon, UK
Mainly better spread Lights and to save setting the press to many times but we could do them like you suggest if anyone wanted one like that We have never used water for ballast
Ah ok, thought there must be a reason. What do you use then? Thought water would be the easiest as you could pump it in and out.
 

Forever Fendt

Member
Location
Derbyshire
Ah ok, thought there must be a reason. What do you use then? Thought water would be the easiest as you could pump it in and out.
Bags of gravel , bags are £3 each and fill them with gravel with mini digger and bags on pallet tines and add them as the concrete comes up to save putting to much weight on packers holding pit at correct level concrete half one day and take the bags out next day and slash them into pan mixer to top up the back fill the following day never had a problem like this as we have always mixed on site to allow time to poker concrete in rather than have a wagon waiting it usually takes two men a day to dig out install and half backfill with concrete mixed on site
 

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