Escorts’ Journey from 'Hydras' to 'TRXs'
Mechanized material handling in India owes its origin to the Pick-n-Carry crane of Escorts called Hydra. This simple/ basic technology crane had a Tractor back end and served the market singlehandedly for decades. Escorts kept on adding higher capacity models from time to time. These Hydra cranes offered a bigger and better load profile as in load moment with higher lifting capacity and increased reach.
In 1998, Escorts joined hands with Faranna of Australia for technology transfer to develop a technically advanced crane, wherein the tractor backend was done away with to create a much more stable platform that offered scope for a total transformation in Pick-n-carry cranes. The first in this series was called Escorts K10 crane. It had a cabin in the front giving the operator clear visibility of the load & ease of driving on the roads. An articulation at almost half way along the X-axis, higher ground clearance, & lower turning radius changed the entire performance. The drive line comprised commercial vehicle aggregates giving faster speeds, and the platform