High-Efficiency Cotton Pickers

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
John Deere CP770 (Photo provided by John Deere)

John Deere is building a pair of new cotton-harvesting machines with greater productivity, a large cab packed with its best technologies and powered by Deere's 13.6-liter engines. Deere claims the machines, CP770 cotton picker and CS770 cotton stripper are the most productive and efficient it has ever built.

The CP770 cotton picker packs 8% more seed cotton into the module, resulting in a reduction in wrap and hauling costs by up to 8%.

Deere's 13.6-liter PowerTech engine and hydraulic power module improve fuel efficiency by up to 20% in the CP770 (555 hp) and up to 15% for the CS770 (515 hp) compared to their predecessors, Deere says.

Deere has been developing the picker and stripper for four years. Produced at Deere's Des Moines, Iowa, works, it will be sold into all major cotton markets -- Australia, Brazil, China, South Africa -- and cotton-growing areas of the U.S.

The new CP770 picker and CS770 stripper are about 75% brand new. "We've had great machines that revolutionized the cotton-harvesting industry," says Christopher Murray, cotton product manager, John Deere. "But, our customers want more productivity, more technology, lower cost of harvests and more profitability. These are not upgraded [690s]."

The CP770, Deere says, is 5% more productive than the CP690. That means harvesting 4.4 more acres per 10-hour day. The CP770's round module builder is capable of making modules 2% larger and 5% denser. Once the cotton is collected, the CP770 wraps and ejects the module in just over 30 seconds.

The CS770 cotton stripper sports a new 12-row folding header compared to eight rows on the CS690. The bigger head makes the machine up to 48% more productive. The cotton stripper provides a two-point increase in turnout with its new field cleaner and packs up to 5% more cotton into a module while harvesting up to 100 more acres per 10-hour day compared to the 690.

The cab is quiet and large (30% larger). In fact, it's the same cab found on Deere's X9 combine. Operators will find that controls in these cabs closely match those found in other Deere machinery. That's intentional.

"The CommandARM controls are consistent [with other Deere machinery], whether you have an 8R tractor, sprayer or [now the] cotton harvester," Murray says. "We wanted what we call 'walk up easy.' If you're going from one machine to the next, we want to make sure that the learning curve is very short."



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