The April 2008 Terex Corporation acquisition of Hydra Platforms Mfg. Inc. gives the bridge building and restoration industries more equipment options from a single source.
Pairing Hydra Platforms with the Terex brand of Bid-Well allows Terex Roadbuilding to offer contractors and departments of transportation a line of self-erecting, under-bridge access equipment, in addition to bridge pavers, work bridges and texture/curing machines.
“The partnership of Bid-Well and Hydra Platforms creates an incredible value chain for the company and industry,” said Rob Drew, site director of Bid-Well. “Whether it’s for bridge construction, inspection, repair or utility work, we now offer the industry more equipment solutions for a wider array of applications.”
Used by DOTs, bridge contractors and engineering firms worldwide, the line consists of seven hydraulically operated, self-contained units that offer quick and simple set up. Two trailer-mounted models — the HP 32 and HP 35 — offer platform lengths of 32 and 35 ft. (9.8 and 10.7 m), while five truck-mounted units — the HPT 43, HPT 52, HPT 55, HPT 60 and HPT 66 — deliver from 43 to 66 ft. (13 to 20 m) platform lengths.
A fully adjustable tower separation system sets Hydra Platforms equipment apart from other units. This feature incorporates hydraulically adjustable cross linking arms that allow operators to adjust and move the outside tower toward the bridge fascia or extend it over obstacles without repositioning the truck or trailer. This system also uses a crossover access platform with rails, allowing operators to safely access the unit’s tower and under-bridge platform.
The hydraulically erecting platform deploys in five minutes, saving time at the jobsite. Ladder access to the under-bridge platform is fully enclosed inside the tower to improve safety. All Hydra Platforms models occupy only a single lane to keep traffic closure to a minimum. The truck units are self propelled on the bridge, allowing operators to reposition the unit directly from the platform.
“By offering quality equipment designed with safety in mind and backing it up with good service, we’ve been able to build Hydra Platforms into a household name,” said Garth McGillewie Jr., director of Hydra Platforms. “Being paired with Bid-Well and with the power and recognition of Terex behind us, we look to serve many more customers in the global market.”