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Typical Schweiss Bifold farm door

This modern Minnesota machine shed has four Schweiss bifold doors on it. This endwall bi-fold/liftstrap Schweiss door measures 50' x 18' and was designed big enough to accommodate the biggest machinery including a 12-row head combine.

If you are a farmer that takes care of a lot of acres and you need a machine shed that's more than just the average machine shed, you might want to give Randy Buboltz of Hector, MN a jingle.

His 80' x 240' machine shed has it all from in-floor heating, a kitchen for farm help, to an office to conduct and keep track of crop production and all the ins and outs associated with it.

Happy bifold machine shed door owner

Randy Buboltz, who farms out of Buffalo Lake, MN said header room was a big factor in his choosing a bifold door.

And what would a machine shed like this be without four quality Schweiss bifold doors ranging from 50' wide to 23' wide and 18' tall - doors big enough to accept even the largest machinery needed to harvest 3,800 acres of corn and soybeans.

Buboltz took over total operation of the farm in 2005 after his dad, Virgil decided upon retirement. He and his dad worked together before that beginning in 1982. At that time they each had their own land and were 50-50 on the equipment side. A farm operation this size definitely is not a one-man operation. His wife, Sara, oldest son Justin and Sam assist him and his youngest son, Isaac, finds time to help out when he can get away from his fulltime job as an PSA airline pilot and Virgil still manages to get some dirt under his fingernails during certain times of the year.

The building is designed to where 80' x 80' is heated and 80' x 160' is cold storage. There is also a 40' x 40' "bubble out" where the office and kitchen are situated that also has in-floor heat.

Strong Liftstraps open heavy metal bifold door

With just a push of the three button control or remote opener, the bifold liftstrap/autolatch door opens and closes quietly in a matter of seconds.

Machine shed with office complex

The west side of this 80' x 240' machine shed has a 40' x 40' addition which houses an office, bathroom, and utility room for in-floor heat, and kitchen. At first he thought the door and machine shed would be too big, but if he had to do it over, he would have built it even bigger.

Buboltz said he grew up with a Morton Building and knew what is was like to fight sliding doors in the winter.

"Morton buildings had this rail where you not only had to shovel the door, but you also had to shovel the rail. I looped my in-floor heat a couple of feet out into the apron of the 50' x 18' bifold door a bit so the snow just melts right away and in a day or two it's 100 percent clear," explained Buboltz.

He said he first found out about Schweiss Doors while working as a welder at the factory. He's known Mike his whole life. There was no question about checking into another manufacturer's door before deciding on Schweiss.

"Mike IS quality control, and his dedication to the community means a lot to me. He's a great employer for our county. I've had the opportunity to go on a long drive or two with Mike. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is, when somebody calls, he's going to answer the call and he's going to take care of the problem. It isn't somebody who has a hard time speaking English on the other side of the call trying to patch you through to somebody else. He
takes care of his people seven days a week, 24 hours a day," said Buboltz.

Bifold doors open and close at all levels

Two 23.6' x 15.6' doors are positioned on the west side of the building. One door opens to the building with in-floor heat and the other is used in a cold storage portion of the building.


"Morton buildings had this rail where you not only had to shovel the door, but you also had to shovel the rail. I looped my in-floor heat a couple of feet out into the apron of the 50' x 18' bifold door a bit so the snow just melts right away and in a day or two it's 100 percent clear."


- Randy Buboltz
Hector, MN Farmer


"There was no particular reason per se that I chose Schweiss bifold doors over hydraulic doors. I like the strap theory, these go almost straight up and you don't have to worry what's outside in front of them. They are also less expensive than the hydraulic doors.

He said for him, header room was a big factor. He couldn't afford to lose any. At first he thought the door was too big and the shop was too big, but boy if he could do it over, it would be even bigger. The only thing that he wished he would have done differently was to put bigger overhangs on the building. Snow loads of 50-50 water and other stuff come off and a 6 ft. overhang versus the 2-3 ft. overhang on the building would have handled that problem much better.

Farm building with multiple bifold doors

When Randy Buboltz made plans for his building location he allowed for a lot of working area.

He said for him, header room was a big factor. He couldn't afford to lose any. At first he thought the door was too big and the shop was too big, but boy if he could do it over, it would be even bigger. The only thing that he wished he would have done differently was to put bigger overhangs on the building. Snow loads of 50-50 water and other stuff come off and a 6 ft. overhang versus the 2-3 ft. overhang on the building would have handled that problem much better.

For insulation purposes, Buboltz sprayfoamed the entire building and doors. He then put insulated wallboard on the doors. He said his doors seal well in all types of weather.

"The bifold doors are quiet with the newest motor that Schweiss went to. When my doors were first installed I had the older model motors on the doors and Mike came out and switched them out. I like the strap strength and the idea that the door goes straight up and out of the way and still gives a good shaded canopy. I have autolatches and have now seen the new autolatch by Schweiss - it's pretty exciting. One of the things I didn't even know about when I first bought the doors was the remote opening system, it's got one heck of a good remote, another sweet gadget for the handiness," noted Buboltz.

Open the door, and drive the tractor right in

When the bifold liftstrap door is completely open it provides a nice shaded canopy.

Lifting power is in the straps and motors

Five Schweiss liftstraps easily open and close his door. The autolatch system pulls the door in snug to give it a weathertight seal. The door is insulated and lined to give it a clean look

Door canopy provides shade for farm machine shed

The 18' tall door gives Buboltz plenty of headroom for his tractor, combine and semi-trucks.

"I think there are a lot of builders that don't understand the amount of load these doors put on your framework. I can understand how it all works, but getting a builder to understand . . . Mike Schweiss was phenomenal in convincing my builder to understand the strength that needs to be in the overhead so the beams don't just spin out on you," explained Buboltz.


"I think there are a lot of builders that don't understand the amount of load these doors put on your framework. I can understand how it all works, but getting a builder to understand... Mike Schweiss was phenomenal in convincing my builder to understand the strength that needs to be in the overhead so the beams don't just spin out on you.""


- Randy Buboltz
Hector, MN farmer


Mike Schweiss also had a hand in the original building site location. Originally Buboltz wanted to build near his grove on the north side of the house.

"Mike was hands on from the beginning to the end. He took me aside and said 'Randy, you fool, you have some real estate here, put the shed out in the field.' I'm so thankful that he challenged me to do that because it was the right thing to do - now there is so much working area. He also challenged the builder to better reinforce the rafters to accept the weight of the doors. The builder didn't go back far enough," said Buboltz.

Mike Schweiss has a farm background, growing up on a farm just south of Hector, he's a farmer at heart who values the roots where he came from and knows what farmers need and sometimes he knows what farmers should need. Case in point, he convinced Buboltz to put a stronger and beefier hitch on the back of the combine and did some work on the tip-top of the 12-row head combine.

He commended Schweiss Doors for having quality people work for him. He said he recommends Schweiss Doors to others and said people often come to see his shed and doors.

Room for tractors, snowmobiles and more

Good size windows on the end wall door allow natural light in.

Remote control opens bifold door for tractor

Randy Buboltz said all his doors work with remote openers, which he would not be without. He is also a firm believer in the Schweiss autolatch system.

Two strong motors lift and close bifold machine shed door

All of Randy Buboltz's bifold doors have the new Leeson motors on them. The motors and straps give him quiet and fast-opening doors.

Bifold doors match the look of the machine shed

Buboltz put thought into every inch of his new machine shed. When the in-floor heat was put in, he looped it a couple feet outside the door apron to melt snow during the winter.

Sidewall bifold door for car storage

The smaller 23.6' x 15.6' doors only require three liftstraps to give it a quick opening.

Bifold door lifts straight up to machine shed ceiling

This 23.6' x 15.6' door is located on the cold storage end of the building. He sprayfoamed the entire building and doors and then put insulated wallboard on the doors.

Each bifold door lifts when you want it to

All of Randy Buboltz machine shed doors can be opened by remote control.

Farm office where other work is done

Farming these days is big buisness that requires attention to detail. Buboltz has an adequate size office where he can keep track of crop production duties.

In-floor heat and farm shed laundry room

His utility room stores the in-floor heat controls and has a washer and dryer. The building is designed to where 80' x 80' is heated and 80' x 60' is cold storage.

The man that makes it happen

Jay Buboltz, The Man that Makes it Happen.

Machine shed kitchen and lounge

When harvest and planting seasons are in full swing, this kitchen and lounge area gets a lot of use.

Deer and elk trophies in machine shed work area

There's plenty of room inside the machine shed to hang some braggin' trophy elk and deer mounts.


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