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Why Choose Shaffer Excavating

Article from November-December 2014 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor magazine.

Reader Profile: Phil Shaffer
by Carol Brzozowski

Even though Phil Shaffer’s company, Shaffer Excavating, in Ligonier, PA, is small—four employees including him—he says rapidly changing technology calls for him to keep equipment current. Shaffer was one of the first small contractors in the area to use GPS technology when he purchased a Topcon base and rover and a John Deere 700K dozer with integrated machine control—rare for a small company, he says. His company’s fleet includes four John Deere excavators, two bulldozers, two track loaders, one articulated dump truck, and some backhoes. The company focuses primarily on residential site preparation, with some commercial work. Shaffer views his relationship with vendors as being critically important in avoiding down time through good and fast service. Not all of his equipment is new, but he keeps it in good shape, Shaffer says. The company primarily runs John Deere equipment. His dealings with Bill Stewart, a sales manager at Murphy Tractor in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania—a dealership with which Shaffer has had a 20-year business relationship—“makes everything a lot easier when you can rely on them for taking care of problems you’re going to have,” he says. Shaffer belongs to the National Federation of Independent Business and the Westmoreland Professional Builders Association. His business strategies bring success, as most of his company’s work is for repeat customers. Read entire article here

Modern, Well-maintained Equipment
Shaffer Excavating owns, operates and maintains over 2 million dollars in heavy equipment. The modern fleet of equipment includes excavators, dozers, compact track loaders, backhoes, dump trucks, rollers, skid loaders and an off-road articulated dump truck. In addition, Shaffer’s experienced operators always match the right sized equipment to the job at hand. Whatever your project demands, Shaffer Excavating has the equipment and personnel to clear your site and prepare your project quickly and skillfully, so you can move onto the next phase of construction.

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Why Choose Shaffer Excavating for Your Next Project?

  • We have the skills and integrity to make sure your project stays on solid ground.
  • We are locally owned.
  • We’ll give you honest advice; we treat every project like it’s our own.
  • Guaranteed workmanship.  We will not leave your site until you are 100% satisfied.
  • Experience:  We have been providing residential, commercial and industrial excavation services for over 40 years.
  • Shaffer is a proud member of the Westmoreland Professional Builders Association and a 20 year member of the National Federation of Independent Business.


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