CS690 Cotton Stripper
CS690 Cotton Stripper with round modules
The CS690 introduces true non-stop harvesting technology to the cotton stripper for increased productivity. Unlike traditional basket strippers, the CS690 provides its own onboard module building system, thereby eliminating boll buggy drivers, module builder operators, and all the supporting equipment traditionally needed during cotton harvest.
One Floydada, TX grower explained, "(The CS690) gives us an opportunity to reduce our labor, it gives us a more efficient way of handling and storing our cotton, and the non-stop harvest means your efficiencies go way up."
The non-stop harvesting of cotton is achieved through the use of a high-volume accumulator, round module builder, and round module handler. The accumulator collects cotton while a formed round module is wrapped with a protective film and ejected onto the machine's rear handler. The handler allows a completed round module to be carried to the end of the row.
Since round modules are formed, ejected, and can be off-loaded while the CS690 is still harvesting, the operator can remain on the row instead of unloading or waiting to unload cotton into boll buggies or module builders.
Reduction of support equipment
Typically each basket-style stripper requires a fleet of support equipment to achieve maximum harvest productivity:
- Boll buggy
- Boll buggy tractor
- Module builder
- Module builder tractor
- The CS690 requires only two pieces of support equipment:
- Frontier™ CM1100 Cotton Module Handler (or equivalent)
- 8000 Series (or equivalent) Row-Crop Tractor
These two pieces of equipment are used to stage round modules end-to-end in groups of four, so they may be picked up by a module truck. Producers and ginners also have the flexibility to haul the round modules on flatbed trailers, providing the opportunity to haul more pounds per load for reduced transport costs. Since modules can be staged any time, day or night, one tractor and CM1100 Cotton Module Handler can support multiple CS690 Cotton Strippers.
This reduction in support equipment means less equipment and traffic in the field and less fuel consumption. The CS690 not only creates a simplified harvest scheme, it helps reduce frustration that producers face while having to contend with traffic on increasingly busy roads.
Reduction of labor
We understand it can be difficult acquiring good labor to be able to keep multiple cotton strippers, boll buggies, and module builders up and running. With the CS690, harvesting cotton simply requires one operator per machine, and one tractor operator to stage modules for transport. Additionally, since each round module is wrapped with a protective film, they do not require the application of a module tarp for field storage protection. The CS690 helps reduce the risks associated with finding labor, enabling producers to have more efficient and less labor intensive harvesting operations.
A cotton harvesting veteran in the Ropesville, TX area stated, "The non-stop harvesting is what makes the CS690 what it is. Being able to harvest cotton with one individual doing the same thing that nine or 10 people were doing previously."