Well Mark, plenty of pole barns here in Northern Indiana. Some fail as all types of buildings do, due generally to age or poor planning/building from the get go, due to snow load or high winds. For me personally, the reason I would build my shop as a pole barn versus a framed building, I can do all of the layout, haul my own fill/gravel in my '48 Ford F6, grade the fill/gravel with my Oliver 770, set the poles and trusses with my amish winch and John Deere 2510, and all of my other tools get the purloins straight and screw on the steel. With a frame construction, would need to hire a backhoe (don't have one yet!) to dig footer, pay for concrete footer, hire a mason and buy block, then could go from there with construction on my own.
Those are just my random thoughts to your questions, will be interesting to see others answers as well.
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