Moving a large piece of granite

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LB Landscaping, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    Hey all, I need to move a large piece of granite for a customer. Its measures around 6ft long 1 foot wide and 1 foot high. Needs to be moved from one side of his yard to the other probably close to 500ft. Using it as a step for his new hot tub. I am thinking about using a skid steer with the fork attachment. Do you think its too heavy??? Any other ideas???
     
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    figure 180 lbs per cubic foot.
     
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes a skidsteer would work fine. Make sure if you are going over a lawn that the customer understands there will be some damage, or you might want to put down some plywood. Also think about sprinkler heads if he has. :cool:
     
  4. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    No sprinkler head, the ruts shouldn't be a problem he's having alot of work done and just had a cement truck drive over the lawn. Plywood is a good idea though!!! Think the fork lift like attachment would work best???
     
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah, rent a skidsteer with pallet forks on it. If it is polished stone, I would wrap some sweatchirts or some kind of padding on the forks and load backrest.
     
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    Its not polished, its been sitting in the yard for who knows how long. Should be a fun project.
     
  7. site

    site LawnSite Member
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    How about a ball cart? cheaper and less damaging than skidsteer.
     
  8. landscaper3

    landscaper3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Jeff, Handy man in Portland Exit 8 rents the Daewoo like I have and belive they also rent the forks and grappling bucket! If not try Gorham tractor by Reynolds Sports Center!
    Brian
     
  9. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would chain the granite and use the bucket. Using the forks will give you one chance to place it. By having it attached with a chain you will be able tos swimg it a little for placement. Use a crow bar for leverage to lift up to get the chain around the granite.
     
  10. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
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    ff, thanks for the advice, that is definatly the route I will go.
     

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