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New Farm Hydraulic Door Impresses at Schneider Farms

After construction was complete on his new farm shop, Dean Schneider, a crop and livestock farmer of New Ulm, MN finally got to show off his new 80’ x 84’ farm shop at a fundraising event hosted by his family. “When I pushed the button and the the whole wall opened up, everyone was just amazed,” he said. The awe was provided by their brand new 40’ x 18’ Schweiss farm hydraulic door installed on the southern wall of their massive building.

White exterior walls accented with red trim along the borders of the huge hydraulic door make this new farm shop a truly striking building. The Schweiss hydraulic door also features large, red-trimmed windows and additional access doors to the facility.  

“I’ve told Dean for years that he should build a new shop,” Dean’s wife Lori said. “Our farm equipment is big. He and our sons take great care of the equipment, so a better facility just seemed in order.”

Dean agreed, adding, “We did some touring checking out other farm shops, so we pretty much knew what we wanted. Plus, our son Chad has his own construction company — North Star Builders in New Ulm — and he helped with the layout and actual construction. So this was very much a family project.”

With the whole family in mind, the Schneiders wanted to make sure the facility featured some special additions, such as the 24’ x 32’ office and a cozy break room to accommodate their kids, visitors and crews.

“The break room space is great. Gives some special room for visitors and space for our crews during harvest. Plus, we needed an office to get some of the bookwork of our operation out of the house,” Dean explained.



“Because of the local connection,” said Dean. “We see the Schweiss operation often because it’s only about 40 minutes from our farm. So if there were any issues with the door, we knew we could rely on the Schweiss crew for quick service. Our only choice really was, ‘Do we do Schweiss Bifold or Schweiss Hydraulic?’”

Dean added, “We did check out a hydraulic door firm further west in Minnesota, but the Schweiss door just looked better to us. Better design, stronger construction, heavier cylinders and, frankly, easier people to work with.”

How did Dean end up choosing a farm hydraulic door over the bifold door? Dean stated, “It’s a cleaner, less busy look. It really complemented the total interior look of our shop, plus it was easy to insulate.”

The delivery of the Schweiss door was prompt and fit in seamlessly with the Schneider’s busy schedule. “Plus, they told my son exactly what dimensions were needed for the doorframe. When my son fitted the door into the opening it was flawless. Just a perfect fit, and that’s something when you’re dealing with a space that big,” said Dean.

The Schneiders hosted a social “barnwarming” fundraiser last April for a local baseball team in an effort to upgrade their playing field, drawing inspiration from the movie “Field of Dreams.” They ended up hosting around 300 people, and all were thoroughly impressed with the brand new shop.

But what everyone really wanted to see was the lifting of the big hydraulic door. “Everyone was amazed. They had never seen a structure where the entire wall opened up. That just blew people away,” Dean said with a laugh.

What’s up next for this new “social center” which also happens to double as a farm shop? Dean’s son Ross graduates next year, so Lori is already planning the graduation party in the farm shop. A wedding anniversary celebration may also be in order down the road for the Schneiders!

Dean says that his new shop has already become the neighborhood meeting place for morning cups of joe and even the occasional happy hour gathering after work. In essence, this is the Schneiders’ very own field of dreams, since the idea of “If you build it, they will come” certainly has come to life.


  • Wash stations along both the east and north walls with slight gradient of concrete floor into 50′ long drainage basins.
  • Several outlets along both these two walls for convenient hookup of a power washer unit.
  • Heated flooring under the entire shop floor
  • Semi truck access from both sides of the building. The trucks can also drive in from the west side and drive out the south roller door.
  • Geothermal heat supplied by a system of 12 runs of piping buried 9′ deep.
  • An 18′ ceiling with 20 high-intensity lighting fixtures built in.
  • Blanket insulation in all walls plus 20″ of cellular spray foam in the ceiling.