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The Ledwell Made Guarantee

Ledwell Made Guarantee on all manufactured products

We’ve been dedicated to quality since Buddy Ledwell and his father founded the company in 1946, but we want to share with you what that means to us. We back every product with this Ledwell Made Guarantee. When you become a Ledwell customer, here’s what you can expect.

Ledwell Made Guarantee on all manufactured products

Primed & Ready

You get what you need fast. With a vast stock of chassis, we build what you need with the industry’s shortest lead times.

Swift Support

You get back to work quickly. We respond to questions and service needs with unrivaled urgency.

Express Shipping

You don’t have to wait for parts. We manufacture more than 85% of our parts in-house and ship most within 24 hours of your request.

Tough Build

Your Ledwell products will last for decades with proper maintenance. We only fabricate products that stand the test of time in the field.

Visionary Engineering

You get cutting-edge machinery that works for you. From basic trailers to advanced custom fabrications, we approach every project with innovative craftsmanship.

Solid Partnerships

Our strong industry partnerships work in your favor. When you need a hand, we mobilize our network to help you get priority service around the world.

Ledwell Celebrates 75 Years

buddy ledwell with lumber

When Buddy Ledwell returned from serving in World War II in 1946, he and his father, L.W. Ledwell Sr., started a lumber company called Ledwell & Son. One day Buddy needed a certain kind of trailer to haul lumber, so he rolled up his sleeves and welded the frame he needed to get the job done.

A neighboring farmer saw the trailer and asked, “Where’d you get that? I need one!” So Buddy started building them.

buddy ledwell with lumber

Pretty soon, Ledwell & Son had a burgeoning side business building pickup racks and livestock trailers, and it soon became the focus of the operation. When a farmer or a feedlot owner identified a problem with their equipment, Buddy and his father found a way to manufacture a solution.

In 1955, Buddy incorporated Ledwell & Son and built his first truck shop at the corner of Robison Road and Waco Street in Texarkana, Texas. We’d say the rest is history, but in reality, it took a lot of long hours, hard work, dedication, and determination for Buddy and his family to build Ledwell into what it is 75 years later—a growing manufacturing company blessed with many dedicated employees on two sites in Texarkana with more good Ledwell people in North Carolina. Buddy had a keen sense of his customers’ needs, sometimes even before they did, and he customized products to respond to the demands of those customers. Since the company began, doing our best for our customers has been what we are known for.

‘Not just well made, Ledwell made,’ means everything to us.

When you visit our corporate office in Texarkana, Texas, look to the right when you walk in our front door. There, you’ll see an exhibit (pictured below) that celebrates the life of Betty and Buddy Ledwell and features some of our original equipment.

As we begin our 75th year, we’d like to thank our employees, customers, and community partners for their hard work, business, and support throughout the decades. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

Ledwell Hallway Mural

Maximum Versatility: The Ledwell MaxTilt Trailer

The patent-pending Ledwell MaxTilt Trailer is the powerful, versatile trailer you need in 2021.

When a rental client told us they needed a trailer that could more efficiently haul containers, we re-engineered our patent-pending HydraTilt Truck to take it to the next level. The result? One of our most powerful, versatile hauling solutions with the added benefit of little to no breakover.

Highest Tilting Main Deck

Whatever angle you need, the Ledwell MaxTilt Trailer can handle it. This trailer goes higher than ever before with a main deck that tilts up to 32 degrees. But if you don’t need that much height, don’t worry —this trailer can stop at any angle along the way.

Unmatched in Hauling

The Ledwell MaxTilt Trailer is a powerful solution for transporting containers, trucks, and other large equipment. It’s perfect for anyone who plans to use their trailer to carry a wide range of loads, such as rental and construction companies.

Unified Hinge

We introduced our patent-pending unified hinge with the Ledwell HydraTilt Truck, and it makes an appearance in the MaxTilt Trailer, too. This single unified hinge enables you to load and unload low clearance equipment thanks to little or no breakover.

And as always, we can customize your Ledwell MaxTilt Trailer to meet your specific needs.

“Our new MaxTilt Trailer is ideal for unloading containers or dead equipment. It extends up high enough to allow containers or equipment to slide off easily. Everyone needs a MaxTilt Trailer in their fleet.” –Jill Launius, Sales Coordinator

Top 5 Qualities to Look for in a Water Truck

4000 Gallon Water Truck by Ledwell

Thinking about buying a water truck?

Shifting from renting to buying is a significant investment, and the vast options available on water trucks can be daunting. Whether you need a customized water truck or a stock water truck, you must consider several important qualities before you buy.

1. Tough keel

Opting for a quad-bent design in the tank’s foundation ensures you’ll have a heavy-duty, stout truck. Also look for scalloped, interior-welded seams. This makes it harder for the seams to crack, making the tank last a very long time—possibly longer than the chassis it sits on. Internal piping should be welded before the tank is installed, and your manufacturer should test it to 120 psi before it leaves the plant.

2000 Gallon Water Trucks For Sale

2. Heavy-duty liner

The thicker the liner, the better. Our standard is a 30-millimeter finished thickness, which is the thickest in the industry. A good liner protects the tank’s interior from corroding, so the thicker the liner, the longer your tank will live. Look for a tank that’s blasted inside and out for a smooth finish. And pay attention to the type of liner you’re getting. If you’ll be carrying drinking water, your tank needs to have a potable compliant liner.

3. Strong pump and valves

A water truck’s pump is like the heart of the truck—it keeps everything moving. Selecting a water tank with an American-made two-bearing system with at least a 1.25″ input shaft and 3″ diameter driveline will help to keep water flowing. Incorporating in-cab air-operated controls is the best choice to work in tandem with the pump for maximum spraying.

Ledwell Water Tank Trucks For Sale
4000 Gallon Water Truck by Ledwell

4. Sturdy, well-protected hose reel

Keeping your water truck’s hose protected is key to making it last longer. A good water truck will have a rear internal hose reel mounted inside a frame that protects it from the elements. Mounting the hose reel inside of a frame also reinforces the reel to be sturdier. When it comes to your reel, extra storage is always a plus. Look for a water truck that has a storage box for side nozzles, suction hoses, and other accessories right where you need them.

5. Dependable service

Ask about the water truck’s warranty, and ask about service after the warranty runs out. Will you be able to get parts quickly? Will the company be able to repair your equipment at a reasonable cost? Will the service team continue to help you troubleshoot issues with your equipment for the duration of your ownership? These are essential factors to consider when you’re talking with references and peers in the industry.

We hope these top five qualities will help you when looking to purchase your next water truck. If you would like more information on a Ledwell Water Truck reach out to us here.

Durability, service draw Munson Lakes Nutrition to Ledwell Feedbodies

Munson Lakes feed truck

When a mineral salesman called on Ray E. Munson back in 1930, Ray got interested in using minerals to create balanced diets for poultry and livestock. In 1935, Munson Feed company—which would later become Munson Lakes Nutrition—was born in Howard Lake, Minnesota.

“We started out making feed with a hand barrel mixer, and we gradually grew from there,” said Dusten Wilking, Maintenance and Fleet Manager for Munson Lakes Nutrition.

In its first year, the company sold 314 bags of feed manufactured in their barrel mixer. Today, with the help of a computerized mill and a team of nutritionists, Munson Lakes helps dairies and other livestock producers throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin formulate feed systems.

Ledwell Truck at Munson Lakes mill

When it comes to transporting feed, Munson Lakes has two big challenges: maintaining pellet quality and unloading heavy minerals.

“We have some customers that take really heavy feed,” Dusten said. “You put that into a typical auger trailer, and it won’t unload it. It’s too heavy, and it plugs up that auger floor.”

Munson Lakes’ solution? Ledwell Drag Chain Feedbodies.

“Ledwell is the best when it comes to pellet quality,” Dusten said. “If anybody out there is ever having problems with fines in pellets or unloading a heavy mineral, they need a Ledwell.”

Munson Lakes purchases new bulk haul bodies as well as used Ledwell trailers, which Ledwell completely refurbishes before reselling. Munson Lakes bought their first Ledwell in 1987. The oldest Ledwell equipment they have on the lot right now is a ’94, and the oldest they use daily is a 2004.

“You can’t buy another piece of equipment and maintain it for as little cost as a Ledwell,” Dusten said. “They don’t break down. The cost to repair them when they do is minimal. They always answer the phone when I need parts.”

Munson Lakes feed truck

Dusten said they’ve tried using trailers made by other manufacturers, but they can’t stand up to the toughest jobs.

“We have to make sure the Ledwells go to the hard farms,” he said. “We have to pick and choose which trucks go to which farm, because we know that at certain farms, only a Ledwell will be able to unload. We are working on getting our fleet to be all Ledwells.”

Drag chains also make Munson Lakes’ trailer maintenance easier.

“A lot of people are stuck in their ways and think the drag chain is more complicated,” Dusten said. “I’ve replaced more floors on an auger than I have on a drag chain. And I’ve never touched a drag chain on our trailers. We have a box back here that’s a ’94—I don’t think we’ve ever had to replace the drag chain on it.”

Munson Lakes Feed Truck in action

Munson Lakes’ company values are to manufacture a great product at a fair price, to give great customer service, and to base every decision on fairness and decency. 

“Ledwell excels at that as well,” he said. “It’s good to work with a company that has the same values and end goals.”

They’re able to keep Ledwell trailers in service longer thanks to Ledwell’s parts and service team.

“This year has been very frustrating with COVID,” Dusten said. “Trying to get ahold of companies is very frustrating. It’s like they don’t want my business. But anytime I call Ledwell, I can get the help I need. The product is there. The parts are there. The service is there. It’s the trifecta of a great company. If someone asked me whether they should buy a Ledwell truck, I’d tell them, ‘You don’t have one yet?'”

Want to know more about Ledwell Feed Trucks? Get in touch!

The Ultimate Bulk Feed Trailer Maintenance Checklist

Ledwell Drop Deck Bulk Feed Trailer

A change in season is the perfect time to perform routine maintenance on Ledwell equipment. Regularly servicing bulk feed trucks and trailers will help keep your equipment running as smoothly as possible. To help, we created a list for you to follow to make sure everything on your bulk haul equipment is running smoothly.

Before inspecting any Ledwell equipment, make sure to set the parking brake, turn on safety lights, and chock the wheels. Be aware of your surroundings while walking around your bulk feedbody.

Bulk Haul Preventative Maintenance Checklist

LIGHTS

  • Lights, wiring, reflectors, and conspicuity – working and adequately mounted.
  • Ensure No rubbing or chaffing and sufficiently insulated. Check the work lights.

BODY

  • Gladhand seals – inspect and replace as needed.
  • Inspect upper coupler, no broken welds or cracks. Inspect kingpin and kingpin
  • Landing gear is straight, with no cracks or breaks in braces and mounting brackets.
  • Check crank handles for proper operation and condition.
  • Inspect the top cover of each leg for holes or missing. Remove all dirt and grease.
  • Plate for wear or damage. Grease all points – lubricate all grease fittings on the landing gear.
  • Mudflaps and mounting – present, intact, and securely mounted.
  • Air hoses and lines – no leaks, cuts, bulges, improper joints.
  • Ensure no rubbing or chaffing and proper routing and insulation.
  • ICC bumper – no cracks, mounted adequately.
  • Power spray dirt and feed from the top of the kingpin plate. Every 30 days.
  • Frame and cross members – inspect, no cracks, bends, broken welds, and end clip fasteners in place.
  • Ladder and Catwalks – not bent, broken, or loose, all fasteners present and tight.
  • Tarps – inspect the condition, replace if damaged. Check tarp rod and grease as needed.
  • Check tension on the pull cord on the front.
  • Top doors – proper mounting, seals and operation, grease handles if applicable.
  • Drain moisture from all air tanks.

WHEELS & TIRES

  • Tires – no flats (75 psi). No cuts, breaks, bumps, bulges, or knots.
  • Free of contact with any part of the vehicle. Air tires to 110 psi and mark per procedure.
  • Record tread depth 32nds: RFI: /32 RFO: /32 RRI: /32 RRO: /32 LFI· /32 LFO· /32 LRI· /32 LFO: /32
  • Wheels – wheel nuts and lugs tight and none missing (torqued to 450-500-foot pounds), no cracks.
  • Valve cap extenders in place; replace it if missing. Valve stems are correctly aligned.
  • Hub oilers-check all hub oilers. No leaks or cracks in the glass.
  • Check oil level and condition. Check for metal with a magnet.
  • Visually inspect wheel seals for leaks.
  • Brakes replace if the lining is less than 5/16″ measured at the center of the lining.
  • Record brake thickness RF: ___ RR· ___ LF· ___ LR: ___
  • Check brake adjustment by checking the pushrod travel. (Max travel on the short-stroke chamber is 2″ and 2 1/2″ on the long-stroke).
  • Lubricate all fittings on brake slack adjusters and all s-cam bushings. The sleeve should be full.

AXLES & SUSPENSION

  • Inspect springs, hangers, u-bolts, and brake drums – none are broken, loose, or cracked leaves, bolts, hangers, or axle housing.
  • No displaced spring leaves.
  • Check air ride suspension, hangers, spacers, bushings, shocks, airbags, and brackets are in good condition.
  • No cracks check ride height and adjust if needed.

DELIVERY SYSTEM

  • Inspect discharge to upright clamp rings—grease weekly.
  • Inspect upright to floor transition—grease weekly.
  • Fill, cycle, and check the operation of the auto-lube system if equipped.
  • Drag chain – remove covers front and rear. Inspect all sprockets, none loose, in proper alignment.
  • Inspect all chain links for wear or breaks – pins and links.
  • Inspect adjusters and lubricate, adjust the chain to proper tension.
  • Vertical auger chain – inspect for wear, adjustment, and loose or broken chain links.
  • Chainguard is mounted correctly and bolts tight. Lubricate chain.
  • Grease all augers, all points. – 5 pumps of grease. Every 30 days.

HYDRAULICS

  • Hydraulic Hoses – inspect all, no leaks, breaks, bulges, rubbing, chaffing, proper routing, insulation, and installation.
  • Hydraulic Motors and Valves – inspect, mounting bolts tight, none missing, no leaks.
  • Check controls – function properly, no excessive slack.
  • Check the oil level in all torque converters and gearboxes. Inspect for leaks and proper mounting.
  • Check bearings. Fill with 7SW90 – 5 pumps of grease. Every 30 days.

We hope this checklist was helpful!

To make it even easier to perform routine inspections on Ledwell Feed equipment – download a copy for your shop.

Change in Season: Time For Preventative Maintenance

Ledwell 6 Yard Dump TruckSeason change means different behaviors for your trusted equipment. But you can make sure that this doesn’t affect your work on the job. There are a variety of actions you can take that your equipment needs in order to stay efficient and running, and one of them is preventative maintenance. Not all equipment is as easy as your typical ramp – having to grease the landing gear only once a year. But maintenance is imperative for longevity.

We believe wholeheartedly that maintenance schedules will allow your equipment a long, happy life, no matter the piece.

In fact, we’ve devised several Preventative Maintenance sheets for your benefit. These outline the ways in which you can prepare your equipment for various conditions, and what you must do in order to get the most out of your money. You can find those here, or via each individual product page on our website.

You can also tune into our social media, on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube. We know it’s tough trying to remember when your equipment needs routine maintenance when you have a million other things happening on the job. That’s why we do our best to provide you easy access, like adding preventative maintenance questions and answers to those above mentioned social media outlets.

If these just aren’t enough for you, and you’re looking for something a little more specific, you can always check out our FAQ page on our website or give us a call. One way or another, Ledwell is determined to gain your satisfaction through equipment performance.

Tread & Pull Keeps Employees, Customers Safe

Ledwell employee packing Tread+Pull our latest innovation

Early this summer, Lesley Ledwell was visiting the electronics shop when she saw Electronics Specialist Phillip Anderson installing a bracket at the bottom of the shop door.

“Because of the pandemic, the electronics crew didn’t want to touch the doorknob,” Phillip said. “They were spraying Lysol everywhere. So I took a piece of metal and had another shop bend it to create a bracket that lets you open the door with your shoe.”

That bracket was the first Tread + Pull, a hands-free door opener that fits the bottom of most doors and allows the user to open the door with their shoe, minimizing contact with the hands.

“With everybody touching the door handles, we figured this bracket would be a better way to help keep people from getting sick,” Phillip said. “Plus, it’s handy if your hands are full.”

After Lesley saw the Tread + Pull in action, she knew it would benefit employees, visitors, and customers. Once they perfected the design, many of Ledwell’s departments jumped into action to create the end product. One shop cut the material while another shaped it. Then, the Machine Shop refined the edges to be smooth, and the Graphics department printed decals and installation instructions.

“We installed Tread + Pulls all over the property, and our Shipping and Receiving department packaged and shipped over 1,000 to our customers free of charge,” Lesley said.

“Everyone is looking for ways to stay safe during the pandemic, so we were happy to use our skilled machinists and equipment to provide our customers with this tool.”

Hands free door opener from Ledwell - Tread+Pull

Employees Support ArkLaTex 100 Club at Annual Sporting Clay Tournament

The Ledwell team loves to rally around a good cause. One cause we support each year is the ArkLaTex 100 Club, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for the dependents of law enforcement and firefighters lost in the line of duty.

The club also provides grants to local police and fire agencies for necessary life-saving equipment and training, such as this thermal imaging camera for the Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department.

In March, a team of employees participated in the ArkLaTex 100 Club’s annual Pull for Heroes Sporting Clay Tournament. This fundraiser brings in $35,000+ annually, and those funds benefit multiple entities in Bowie and Miller Counties.

Learn more about the ArkLaTex 100 Club and follow them on Facebook.

CARES Act Offers Significant Tax Savings for Small Businesses

There has never been a better time to buy Ledwell equipment! 2020 has been a tough year for many, but thanks to the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), which was signed into law in March, you can deduct current year tax losses against income from a prior tax year and receive an immediate tax refund.

CARES Act offers tax savings on Ledwell equipmentWhat does that mean for you?

Suppose you had strong years leading up to 2020. In that case, you can potentially generate a refund from prior years’ taxes that creates working capital now.

The U.S. Government’s Section 179 write-off deduction allows small businesses to write off as much as $1.04 million in qualifying purchases of equipment financed or purchased and put into service between Jan. 1, 2020, and the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2020. Because of the CARES Act, for this year only, you can amend your tax returns up to 5 years back and get refunds on tax you paid in prior years if your deprecation allowance and losses are more than your profits.

That means you can take advantage of today’s lower corporate tax rates—21% in 2020 compared to 35% in 2015—to apply significant tax savings to your truck and trailer purchases.

Plus, bonus depreciation allows up to 100% depreciation on qualified new and used equipment—including any Ledwell equipment.

Don’t delay! You can purchase or finance equipment in 2020 and claim a deduction for these items’ costs under the existing bonus depreciation rules.

Any of the equipment we sell at Ledwell qualifies for this deduction. To order yours today, contact our sales team or browse our website.