Pianotech

Subject: Move Piano with Tractor

1.  Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 23 days ago
It was inevitable I suppose. Last year I bought a tractor for gardening. Being from the city and moving out to the country, I frankly had no idea how useful a tractor is. Now a year later, I wonder- "How in the heck did I live without this thing?"

Last week  a customer brings this old upright "Supposedly a free piano in good condition."
NOT.

So 2+2= Use tractor to cart the piano to the salvage pile. Aha....

Hooked up a rope around it to the yard box, nailed a couple blocks right above the pivot point, and walla a good 4 inches off the ground!
Easy Peasy!

Have a great Thanksgiving!!
Hope y'all having a good time!
-chris
#caveman







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I have a piano in my Nuclear Fallout Shelter, and my competitors don't. How silly is that?

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865-986-7720
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2.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 9 days ago
This worked so well, i'm now having a special 3 point carry- all made to make it even easier. No reason I can't move a 9' grand with this tractor. My Neighbor's a welder who's getting use to my weird contraptions . I'll post a pic when it's done. Might get it today if he has time.
-chris
#caveman

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The hunters drum steers the herd,
His belly growls in hunger for what he sees.
The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
By alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

chernobieffpiano.com
865-986-7720
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3.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 9 days ago
Years ago I would have called you crazy! But, living in the South for seven years, you see a lot done with tractors... why not use 'em to haul pianos? Saves a lot of money in the end.

But, would the ride be too much for a piano that you don't intent to throw away?

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Benjamin Sanchez
Professional Piano Services
(805)315-8050
www.professional-piano-services.com
BenPianoPro@comcast.net
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4.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 9 days ago
I don't think so. The tractor has eight gears, half of them are slower than walking. Plus, I'm not hauling (with the tractor) very far, shop-trailor. For me, it helps greatly since i have gravel driveways. Plus, as I get older, Ive been getting creative finding ways to move pianos around without physically having to do it. 





5.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 9 days ago
At Interlochen they move concert grands from stage to stage with a fork lift. They don't even take the legs off. Just pick it up and drive off. Scared the hell out of me but they have been doing it for decades. 

Chris





6.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 9 days ago
I've moved them both ways (flat and on their side) with a forklift. Uprights are even easier, just pad the back and scoop underneath. For 9' grands you need to extend the forks beyond the standard 42" but they get the job done!


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Philip Stewart
609-774-7571
www.njpianoservice.com
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7.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
I had a lady tell me that the Baldwin she had in her mountain home had to be delivered by helicopter. That must have been an expensive move.

I have a feeling that the house will come with the piano when its sold.....

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James Kelly
Pawleys Island SC
843-325-4357
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8.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
I had a client that moved a Yamaha grand and “race car” at the same time tied to a trailer side by side.

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9.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
Thanks for sharing that Pic Phillip! Love it.
-chris

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A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

chernobieffpiano.com
865-986-7720
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10.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
Not sure why only one image posted the first time. This is the same piano being moved on it's side. Pulling it out of my storage trailer and bringing it into the shop.



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Philip Stewart
609-774-7571
www.njpianoservice.com
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11.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
Philip,
I just can't shake  the feeling your system can be improved on slightly. There must be a way to not have to stand on the forklift to stop the swaying.

I checked in with my welder/neighbor today. He just got the steel in, so he said he'll be getting to my carry-all most likely tomorrow.
-chris

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A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

chernobieffpiano.com
865-986-7720
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12.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 8 days ago
The only time I have seen a pianos moved with a tractor was to dispose of them. Over the years I've serviced many an old clunker in lots of farm houses. Often I gave grandmother's piano the last rites and helped the farmer or his sons move the piano outside where he could pick it up with his front loader tractor and dump it in the hole, he had already dug, behind the cornfield across from the barnyard. We then went to look for a better used smaller piano, but in most cases, just shook hands and said, "It's been nice knowing ya."

Bob

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Robert Highfield
Lancaster PA
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13.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 3 days ago
UPDATE**

The NEW custom carry all is finished! Man was I excited about this thing. Couldn't wait to give it a whirl.
It works 100 times better than I thought it was going to. My neighbor didn't think I had enough tractor to carry a piano.
Well, he was surprised!!   Plus, you never tell an Alpha male he don't have enough tractor, because even if he was right, i'd buy a bigger one TOMORROW.
Enjoy!









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A hunter's drumbeat steers the stampeding herd,
His belly growls in hunger to what he sees.
The mammoth aware blows his mighty trumpet,
But alas, the caveman tickles the ivories.

chernobieffpiano.com
865-986-7720
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14.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 3 days ago
Someone has way too much time on his hands. Back in the day there where trucks that had tilters on the bed. They called them piano lifts. Creative salesmen would haul pianos that way , lower them onto the ground and play them . There are pictures in some old piano publications. Now you need to design a way to get the tractor to climb the stairs of raised beach homes.

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James Kelly
Pawleys Island SC
843-325-4357
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15.  RE: Move Piano with Tractor

Posted 2 days ago
James,

But if he did that, where would be the fun in moving pianos?

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Benjamin Sanchez
Professional Piano Services
(805)315-8050
www.professional-piano-services.com
BenPianoPro@comcast.net
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