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Very interesting photos, thanks for posting them. No cotton grown in these parts, so I found it most interesting

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What is the difference between a Stripper and a Picker?

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A picker (like in the pics above) takes only the cotton lint off the plant, leaving the boll, leaves, and stems behind. A stripper, on the other hand, takes every boll off the plant, along with considerable trash. A stripper works kind of like a corn head in reverse. There are two rollers (not sure on the technical term) inside each row unit that turn away from each other. They grab the plant and flip the bolls off, where they land in an auger. The auger carries the bolls to a saw cleaner (it's like a bunch of fine toothed circular saw blades), which clean a lot of the trash out of the lint before it's blown into the basket. Stripping cotton is also a once-over operation, but sometimes a picker can be ran across a field twice to catch bolls that opened later.

Cotton can be described in three ways, depending on how tightly the lint is held in the boll. Picker cotton is called open boll. The lint in open boll cotton is held the loosest. A hard rain can knock the lint off the plant. Next is storm resistant. The lint is held a little tighter, and it can be harvested with either a picker or a stripper. Finally, there's storm proof, which can only be harvested with a stripper. The lint in stripper cotton is held too tightly for the spindles on the picker to pull it out.

Picker cotton is also the highest quality (longest fibers), while stripper cotton is the lowest quality (shortest fibers). There are many other factors in grading cotton, but generally picker cotton is better for most fabrics.


This is what stripper cotton looks like. Notice all the sticks and pieces of the boll. All this has to be cleaned out at the gin.

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Oh, Thanks Man, Thats Cool.

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Kiley,
I like that 8-row picker. If you ever have anymore pics of it please post them, I would like to see more.
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if the cotton is grown in 15 or 20 inch row spacings jd have a different set of heads that will put 2 rows into one thereby making a 5 row machine capable of picking 10 rows only an option on pro 12 heads though
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What would you be stripping with a 10 row stripper? would it be 10 30's? i've only ran 6 30's and 8 40's and i'm not even sure if i have heard of a 10 row stripper. And I thought I came from about the only area where strippers are still in use everywhere. That would be west texas for those wondering.
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oh yea there 10 row 30's ive even seen a 10 row 40 all you have to do is rewire the machine where row's one and 10 are on the alarm system and rows 5 and 6 arent since naturally those are the rows right in front of the cab
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Ok to hijack a little further would you be planting 10 rows or what kind of planter would you be running behind? I can't think of a 20 row planter, i have seen 24 rows but you couldn't stay on the row with a 10 row stripper behind that. Maybe i'm just dumb
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John Deere starfire RTK really dont have to worry about what size ur planter is if you have auto track

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