Chaney Excavating is a fourth generation company with a long history of excavating work.
Arthur Chaney and his brother Gary started the company around 1912. The first summer they used draft horses and a stump pulling machine to remove over 2500 stumps.
In the 1920's Arthur leased 40 teams of horses that pulled 1 yard gravity dump boxes to move dirt and build roads. They were loaded by a steam powered excavator. They built parts of M-37 between Newaygo and White Cloud as well as parts of Cannonsburg Road and Honey Creek Road. They also worked on the construction of the Newaygo Dam (a dam that no longer exists)
Arthur's son Emerson, served as the company cook at the age of 15 starting around 1928. Emerson's brother Ted, was also involved in the business.
Arthur Chaney also owned the Chaney Auto Co. in Grant, Michigan. They were dealers in Hudson, Essex, and Devaux automobiles. Emerson also worked in the repair shop of the dealership.
In the 1950's, 60's and 70's Ted Chaney worked in the excavating business in Bailey, MI just south of Grant.
During that time, Emerson owned "Emerson Chaney Excavating". The name was changed to "Emerson Chaney and Son" when his son Tim Chaney,(the current majority owner) joined him full time in 1962.
Emerson retired in 1974. Then Tim went to work for another excavator for the Spring, Summer and Fall. He purchased an Insley dragline crane and began digging ponds in the winters.
During the 70's, 80's and 90's snow plowing was also a large part of the business
Tim was back in business for himself full time in 1978, purchasing a bulldozer and dump truck.
Tim incorporated Chaney Excavating Inc. in 1986.
Tim hired his son Ron in 1986. Ron is now a minority owner and became President of the company in 2007.
Tim "retired" in 2007 although he still works part time and can be found in the summers doing what he loves the most....bulldozing.
In 2000, Tim's brother Ted joined the business as a shop manager-mechanic. Ted had previously worked for Emmerson as well as Emerson's brother Ted in the 1960s.
As of 2015 the company employs 4 of Tim's grandchildren who are now the 5th generation of the company!
Partial List of Equipment currently and previously owned by Chaney Excavating.
1912..... Draft Horse Powered Stump Puller
1918.....Steam Powered Excavator (steam shovel) on steel wheels
1920's...around 40 Horse drawn gravity dump trailers (1 yard capacity) Steam Powered concrete paver Diesel or Gas powered Northwest front shovel crane on tracks
1950's... Unit cable excavator International TD 9 Hydraulic Bulldozer 1956 American Dragline crane changeable to cable excavator configuration. (purchased new for $25,000)
1960's through early 70's modified New Holland flail type manure spreader tuned to turn 4X it's normal RPM used to grind peat moss. Peat was sold for $2 per yard unground, and $3 ground. 2nd International TD 9 Bulldozer International TD 14 Bulldozer International Hough 30 Front end loader Yellow "Reo" Tandem dump truck Mack Tandem Dump truck with pup Red International tandem dump truck K9 single axle International dump truck Ford cabover truck tractor with single drop lowboy trailer. 1961 International Scout pick up Light Blue Ford stepside Pick up
Late 70's and early 80's Ensley "M" Dragline Crane
"Like New" 1952 CAT D4 Bulldozer, purchased with only 500 hours on it. Featured a diesel engine and a gasoline powered "pony moter" to start main diesel. Came from the military equipped with a winch and rubber shoes bolted to the track pads.
1956 CAT D4 similar to above dozer but not in as good of shape.
International 5 yard dump truck. Old County Truck complete with under belly plow blade and large front one way snow plows, and allison automatic transmission.
2nd County Truck similar to above with manual transmission 1976 Allis Chalmers Front End Loader with Perkins diesel and single lever joystick bucket control Massey Ferguson farm tractor with brush hog and front end loader bucket. Diamond Reo tri axle dump truck with 250 Cummins diesel White Tri axle dump truck with 671 Detroit Diesel (238 hp) GMC Cabover tandem dump truck. 1964 1 ton Ford stake truck with 6 cylinder gas engine and 4 speed manual transmission. 1974 3/4 ton Chevy Pickup full time 4wd (Chevy's "rust" era) 1976 1/2 ton Chevy Pickup Early 70's Dodge Power Wagon pick up 1981 Ford Bronco purchased new with 400 CI Ford engine 8-10 MPG, replaced with new 90 hp Isuzu Turbo Diesel 20+mpg Koehring 305 Dragline Crane with 471 Detroit diesel converted from cable excavator
Late 80's and 1990's 1987 CAT D4H LGP Bulldozer (Purchased new for $65,000) CAT D3 LGP with foot steer brake/clutches and twist throttle on blade control with 2nd lever for angle. 2 Early 80's GMC Truck tractor with 6V92 Detroit diesel and 6 speed purchased from Holland Moter Freight. 1 GMC Truck tractor converted to Tandem dump truck with new Crysteel box and 2 speed axles added. Old Wisconsin tilt bed trailer (sold to house moving company) 1987 Wisconsin tilt bed trailer (purchased new for $13,000) Kubota KH 28 Excavator (13,000 lbs) Mack Truck Tractor with 5 speed Mack transmission and Mack Diesel Wisconsin tilt bed semi-trailer. 1987 HME Glider made in to Tri Axle Dump with 3406 CAT, fuller 13 speed and new crysteel box (truck totalled in accident) Purple International Truck Tractor Tri Axle Leed Dump trailer #1 (tipped over and totalled) 1978 International tandem dump with 350 Cummins, purchased from Robinson cartage and converted to dump truck 1996 Ford Tandem Dump with air ride suspension 1999 Sterling Dump Truck purchased new for $80,000. 1995 D4H XL Purchased new for $95,000 1992 CAT E120B Excavator 1981 Michigan 75B loader "like new" purchased with only 90 hours 1986 Ford 1/2 ton pickup w 302 CI engine 1988 F350 Ford Diesel Pick up 1989 F250 ford pickup with 350 CI gas engine 1992 Red Ford F250 super cab with 400 CI engine 1996 Ford F350 Diesel 1997 CAT 315L Excavator 1986 CAT D6H Bulldozer Early 80's CAT 215B Excavator 1999 Towmaster Tag Trailer (Etnyre) 1990 Traileze tri axle Tag Trailer 1974 Talbert detachable gooseneck lowboy trailer. 1987 Dorsey tri axle leed dump trailer (tipped over and totalled) 5 Axle Pup Dump Trailer pulled by HME Dump Truck
The 2000's to Present: 1999 Rust colored F250 Supercab gas engine 2003 Ford F350 Diesel 1999 Yellow Dodge half ton pick up 2002 Red Dodge half ton pick up 2004 Yellow Ford F150 1985 Ford F250 Diesel Pick up 1994 Ford Ranger pick up 1999 Sterling Tandem Dump truck 2004 CAT 314CLCR Excavator (Purchased new for $114,000) 2000 CAT 320BLR Long Reach Excavator (Purchased new for $160,000) 1997 CAT D5M LGP Bulldozer 1996 CAT 322 BL Excavator Hitachi EX300 Excavator 2001 CAT D6MXL Bulldozer (Purchased new for $180,000) 1999 Volvo A25C Off Road Articulated Dump Truck 1996 Challenger 75D Tractor with Rome 14E Scraper CAT 950F Front End Loader Hamm sheeps foot vibratory Roller 1998 Load King Lowboy Trailer 2005 CAT D4G Hydrostatic Bulldozer (purchased new for $93,000) Gradall Material Handler/ forklift CAT 920 Front End Loader 2000 Sterling Tandem Dump Truck with CAT Diesel 1996 White/GMC Quad Axle Dump Truck with Volvo powertrain and suspension 1995 Ford Truck Tractor with Cummins Diesel 2006 CAT D5G Bulldozer CAT 247 MTL with bucket, forks and power rake. 1996 Ford F Super Duty Flatbed Dump
1999 Mac Landor 7 ton tag trailer 2005 Ford Excursion Limited w 6.0 Diesel 2000 F650 3 yard dump truck 2012 Kobelco 140SR 2005 Cat 318 CLN 2016 Cat D6K XL Bulldozer 2013 Takeuchi TL8 MTL 2003 CAT 928 G Loader
2003 JCB 714 Off Road Truck
2005 JCB 714 Off Road Truck
2017 Felling 3 Axle Tag Trailer with Air Ramps
2005 GMC Pickup
2013 CAT 314D LCR
2013 Towmaster 7 ton Trailer
2006 Interstate 40DLA Tag Trailer
2015 CAT CT660 Semi Tractor
2019 Trailstar Quad Axle Rock Box Leed
Chaney Excavating Inc.
Rockford, Cedar Springs, Sparta, Kent City, Sand Lake, Howard City, Greenville