Yes. I've driven an Allis Chalmers stripper before. It was an early 80s model (I want to say '81 or '82, but I'm not too sure) and it was painted in AC colors. Only thing I can remember was that it was a four row. I think there are some pictures around and I'll scan them and get them posted sometime, assuming they're not not glued to the album pages.
Aha! I was able to find a couple of digital pics. The bottom one was from 2001, and the top from 2002 or 2003. I was hoping I had more, but I guess this will have to do. Unfortunately I can't recall the model number (I was hoping the pictures would help, but no such luck).
As some backstory, we grew cotton for three years. Cotton equipment is scarce in these parts (i.e. nonexistent before 2001). Somehow my dad knew a guy who also tried cotton and he bought the stripper, a boll buggy, and a module builder and stripped our cotton for us. I can't say I enjoy growing cotton, but it was a very interesting experiment, to say the least.
I would assume it is, but the guy who owned it sold it for a newer JD. I have no idea where this one ended up, but I would guess somewhere downstate. It seemed to be a fairly reliable machine, but when it does break down parts are hard to come by.
I was in college for most of our cotton harvests, but my brother said it would plug up easily in 2 bale/acre cotton. Not really a high capacity machine.
That stripper is an Allis Chalmers model 880 with 4 row brush header. There was also a broadcast header and an earlier model 860. Allis Chalmers was the first cotton stripper to have a bur extractor from the factory. They were pretty popular here in texas, there are literally hundreds of them grown up in weeds all around the state. There are a couple in my area that are still running. There are no parts so you just buy a couple extras for parts. We had several AC strippers back in the day
AC produced at least two strippers prior to the 860; the 760 and the 707, and a number of one & two row cotton pickers. The cotton pickers were discontinued in 1970. The AC strippers with finger heads were very popular in the Wichita Falls, TX - Lawton, OK area. The brush roll heads that AC offered on the 860 were John Deere units.
MM produced a couple of tractor mount strippers until 1967.
Oliver built tractor mount and trail-type strippers until 1971. White continued the trail-type strippers until 1978. The trail-type strippers were finger units that were popular in the Blacklands area around Temple, TX.
Hesston built tractor mount and self-propelled strippers through 1978. They offered a burr extractor on their self-propelled stripper about the same time as AC.
The Hesston stripper line was sold to E.L. Caldwell Co., which continued to build the tractor mount strippers and was testing a self-propelled 4-row stripper until financial problems forced them out of business. Crustbuster bought the rights to Caldwell's "Boll Buggy".
Long built a self-propelled two row stripper with a cleaner in the late ~60's.
Ben Pearson, which was an offshoot of the Rust Cotton Picker, built strippers that were similar to the AC machines in that they had a burr extractor and finger head. Ben Pearson was moved to Argentina in the late 70's. I have not been able to confirm whether any Ben Pearson machines are still being manufactured.
Bottom-line, there are numerous cotton pickers and strippers in the AGCO pedigree; and John Deere and Case-IH were not the only cotton harvester manufacturers.
CNH has cotton harvesting equipment heritage in the Ford, Case, and, of course, IHC lines. Of the former "Big 8", Massey is the only one that I have not found any evidence of cotton harvester manufacturing history.
in an Press release from this year.
Agco is comming out in 2009 with a Cotton Harvester.
By the end of 2008 with a Forageharvester.
I think i have a Pic of the Cotton harvester.
let me check by the next Days.
In the 50's Massey had a cotton picker mounted on a Massey Harris tractor. They used a design from Rust Cotton Picker. Have a pic in one of my old Massey Harris books. Case also had a cotton stripper mounted on their tractors. http://www.wengers.com/collector/products_image.asp?sku=L-747&bg=no Last ones had overhead baskets. They were built until the late 69 I think. Seems to me Case in the 50's also had a Rust picker mounted on their 400 and later tractors in addition to the stripper models.
Here is a thumbnail for a pic of a picker mechanism. Just click for enlargement. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe50s/machines_15.html Here is site with diagramming kind of explaining the system. http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe50s/machines_15.html I think on this diagram the doffer may be in a different place compared to the spindle. May be a different company's design than the first pic.
The strippers just used either a couple of steel rollers and later brushes to pull off the plant. There is also a finger header used mostly with narrow cotton I think. The Oliver used the same principle with finger like projections in row units stripping off the cotton like running something through slightly spread fingers on your hand. http://www.taylormfg.com/cottonhead.htm The stripper is used on the high plains I think where they grow more weather resistant crops. This is my understanding. I have had no experience with cotton other than a couple trips through Texas and Oklahoma cotton areas.