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Farm Equipment Storage: The Most Cost-Effective and Secure Option

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When it comes to farm equipment storage, reliability and affordability are paramount. Whether safeguarding equipment, tools, agricultural supplies, or carving out a makeshift workspace, the quest for a dependable and cost-effective solution can feel as challenging as maneuvering through a corn maze in the dark.

Shipping containers can be a great option for farm equipment storage, protecting seeds, fertilizer and repair equipment from environmental degradation. In this blog, we’ll explore the qualities that make shipping containers for storage valuable for farmers and ranchers.

How Much Can You Store Inside a Shipping Container?

Shipping containers come in various sizes, with the most common options being 20ft and 40ft in length. These sizes provide ample space for a wide range of storage needs, from equipment and tools to furniture.

20ft containers have a volume of 1,360 cubed feet, while 40ft containers offer 2,720 cubed feet of interior storage space. The standardized dimensions of shipping containers also make it easier to plan and organize your storage efficiently.

A container on a ranch provides convenient farm equipment storage.
Wherever you need secure storage, containers offer an affordable and portable solution.

What Types of Farm Equipment Can Containers Store?

Containers can be used to store a wide variety of materials. Before using them for farm equipment storage, however, you should know how much space containers offer.

Take a look at the different sizes of shipping containers, and pay special attention to our high-cube containers. These offer you an extra foot of vertical storage space, which can really maximize the storage space for bulky farm equipment. While you likely won’t be able to store tractors, you can always purchase a modified container to meet your specific farm storage needs.

With that in mind, take a look at the following items that standard containers can store on your farm or ranch.

Small Items

• Pumps
• Weed whackers
• Brush cutters
• Tools
• Spare machinery parts

Medium-Sized Items

• Lawn mowers
• Disk harrows
• Woodchippers
• Paint cans
• Post hole digger

An open-side container with modified container doors along the long side of the container.
Modified containers can enhance your containers’ storage value. Take the doors on the side of this container, for example. By modifying doors onto the side of the container, it gives you more flexibility when loading and unloading storage from the unit. Other common modifications include roll-up doors, personnel doors and partitions that break up the storage space..

Construction and Durability

While other options like sheds, pole barns or lean-to’s might be useable options, there are specific qualities that make shipping containers especially useful. Containers are valuable as a budget-friendly storage option, but that’s not their only benefit.

For one, other options might require more maintenance. They can require ongoing upkeep, including repainting, repairing holes and replacing broken pieces.

However, shipping containers are constructed from durable steel, designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and the rigors of international shipping. Containers are made from a special type of steel called Corten steel, which is resistant to rust and corrosion.

After Corten steel is exposed to oxygen, it forms a protective layer, called a patina, that prevents rust from eating through the steel. The durability of shipping containers ensures that your stored items remain well-protected for years without extensive maintenance.


Other farm storage options don’t have the same security of shipping containers. While sheds are an option for storing farm equipment, they typically aren’t that secure.

Southwest Mobile Storage rental containers have additional security measures, making them better for use on ranches or isolated areas. They include a lock box and space for a puck lock. If you’re looking to buy instead of rent, you can opt to have these security features added to your container.

Both additions make containers much more difficult to break into. Puck locks have a recessed keyhole that makes tampering with the lock incredibly challenging, while lock boxes house and protect a long handle lock.

This safeguards your valuable farm equipment, providing superior security compared to other storage options.

Space Efficiency

Shipping containers are known for their space efficiency. Standard container sizes make it easy to stack and organize plenty of items, all within a compact area. They are also designed to be easily customized with shelves, racks and hooks to keep your storage space easy to navigate.


Shipping containers are also inherently portable. They can be transported to different locations with ease, making them a flexible solution when you need to relocate. This allows you to easily move your storage from one space to another, giving you the benefits of secure storage while providing flexibility for future expansions.

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If you rent a storage container for farm equipment storage, pickup is only a call away. Just empty your container, then we’ll prorate your rental price for the days you used the container past the first 28-day billing cycle. That means that you’ll only pay for the days that you need storage.


When it comes to finding a storage solution for your farm, shipping containers are a valuable storage solution for seeds, tools and other essential farm equipment.

Whether you’re managing a farm or just need additional storage space on your property, consider the practical advantages of a shipping container. The reliability and versatility of these steel boxes helps you tackle the challenges of outdoor storage with confidence.

Interested in learning more about how shipping containers can help you on a daily basis? If you contact us, you’ll connect with an experiences container sales representative, who can address your questions and provide you with information about our containers for rental and purchase.

They can also provide you with a quote, and give you the necessary information to prepare for delivery.

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