Piano & Organ Moving Equipment

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Piano & Organ Moving Equipment
Pianos can weigh upward of 363 Kilogram, making them a challenge to move. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Pianos and organs aren't what you would call light instruments; they can weigh upward of 363 Kilogram. Many are expensive, decorative antique models, and damage would negatively affect their value and ambience -- so moving such instruments carefully is crucial. However, having proper equipment to do so is essential. Aside from a fair amount of labour, you should have several things on hand when transporting such instruments.

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Piano Dolly

To help with moving a piano, use a piano dolly. Piano dollies -- which can move all makes and models of pianos -- come with wheels and fit underneath the piano to help movers roll the instrument through the home and onto the moving truck. Piano dollies are available in various configurations. PianoDolly.com provides small, three-wheel dollies. The dollies are available in sets of three and attach to the bottom of the piano's legs for short-distance moving. The store also offers upright piano dollies designed for transporting upright, digital pianos. They feature six 4-inch locking casters and can be adjusted to fit any upright or digital piano.

Piano Tilters

Some people might want to disassemble a piano to move it; piano tilters can aid with this task. For instance, the Moondog Grand Piano Tilter attaches to the piano and allows the user to tilt the piano onto a protective silk-board as she disassembles it. It weighs less than 7.71 Kilogram and is portable enough for easy manoeuvring through doorways.

Incline Ramp

To transport a piano, you're likely going to need a moving truck or a pickup truck. You can get the instrument into this transportation one of two ways: by manually lifting it up and into the vehicle -- which would require several people with strong backs -- or by using an incline ramp to roll it up and inside. While the latter method still requires labour, it's easier and minimises the potential for damaging the instrument or causing physical injury to your workers. Just lay one end of the ramp on the ground and the other on the moving truck. Commercial-grade loading ramps made from durable, lightweight aluminium can accommodate such instruments.

Protective Gear

Once you get the piano or organ into the truck, you need proper padding and protective equipment on hand to package it with. Although these instruments are heavy, they're still susceptible to damage while being transported. Some things to have on hand are protective cloths to dress the instrument in, so it doesn't become scratched during the move; padding to set the instrument on in the truck; and padding to put on the walls of the moving truck if the instrument's going to be leant against them.

Organ Moving Equipment

Although organs are similar in weight to pianos, they're typically much larger in size than their counterparts. Moreover, while enough labour can transport the instrument from one place to the next, there are easier means of moving organs. One way is with a Roll-or-Kari dolly, which is designed to help movers reliably and easily transport large items. The two-dolly tool features straps to lock the instrument in place to ensure it doesn't dislodge. The instrument also can rest on rubber and foam cushioning to guard against surface damages.

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