Tell us about your company.
My name is Steve Charek. I am the Vice President for J.P Swingle, which was founded 70 years ago. We are a mechanical contractor here in Ohio, where we do Commercial Plumbing and Mechanical Piping and a lot of underground work.
What made you decide to purchase your machine from us?
We do a lot of concrete removal, trenching inside food plants and office buildings. We were looking for something that would help with our labor that has no emissions. We can’t use gas-powered equipment inside food plants. Before we had a Sherpa, we had to do everything by hand, and took hours. The same job with the Sherpa took less time, less manpower with the same or better results. We use it mostly for existing facilities where we have to put new plumbing and the Sherpa is the perfect tool for that.
What was the first thing that stuck out to you once you got the machine on your first job site?
The first time it was used on a job what really stood out was how it was very easy to operate. Even though it may look complicated, the controls felt very natural and only took 2 minutes to get the hang of it.
How often do you use the Sherpa?
We use it anytime we have an indoor project. The Sherpa had a 6-hour charge, so it will last for the entire shift without having to charge it midway through.
What is the best thing about the Sherpa?
The best thing is that even though it is small, the machine is very powerful and has plenty of hydraulic power. Works exactly as advertised.
Do you think you will add more machines like this to your fleet?
We actually did — we purchased the 1.8-ton CMX18 Mini Excavator from Cratos as well. Runs well, is powerful. Use it together during indoor projects. We pair the Sherpa and Mini Excavator together for our indoor projects. They work together extremely well and recommend it to anyone working indoors.