John Deere has introduced the new CS690 Cotton Stripper, featuring an onboard module-building system for stripper cotton that protects lint quality and enables growers to harvest faster, with less labor and other costs.
In addition, the non-stop harvesting system – which was introduced during the Texas Cotton Ginners Association Trade Show in Lubbock in early April – significantly reduces potential downtime in the field and increases operator comfort.
“When a cotton crop is ready for stripping, it doesn’t take long for it to start losing lint quality and yield potential,” said Dave Mulder, senior product manager, John Deere Cotton Harvesting Solutions. “Our new CS690 Cotton Stripper enables growers to harvest more quickly and efficiently, with less labor and other equipment needs, to make the most from every acre they worked so hard to produce.
“Simply put, the CS690 helps cotton growers accomplish more in less time.”
Building on the performance and reliability of the 7460 Cotton Stripper, John Deere added more horsepower (500hp 13.5L engine with 30hp boost) to the CS690, giving it the ability to harvest in tough conditions while increasing productivity. Other performance upgrades include up to more than 1,000 pounds-per-minute rated throughput of seed cotton, an eight percent cleaner speed increase (up to 700 rpm), a 10 percent increase in cotton conveying fan capacity, pro-drive transmission, and full-time four-wheel drive.
General maintenance, service interval times, and diagnostics have also been improved. Engineers designed the CS690 to share subsystems and manufacturing processes with the 7760 Cotton Picker platform for faster diagnostics and easier service.
Several other features were also added to help growers gain more efficiency with these strippers, including increased service-interval times, hydraulic oil level indication, self-cleaning rotary screen, remote battery terminal access, ease of serviceability, JDLink Remote Service ADVISOR, and remote display access (GS3 required).
The new model is ergonomically designed and integrates the latest John Deere technology, including a 7.5-inch color touch-screen CommandCenter display, adjustable header and cleaner speed, a camera observation system with programmable triggers, LED lighting package, and HarvestDoc and Harvest Identification, Cotton compatibility.
Headers for the CS690 have also been updated. The new 600 series headers feature a variable-speed, hydraulic-drive cross auger with reverser for smooth crop flow. The low-profile row units provide more than 97 percent stripping efficiency and offer improved harvest visibility for the operator. Manual RowSense guidance is available for hand-free steering to reduce operator fatigue.
This new model can reduce labor costs by as much as 78 percent compared with the 7460. Growers can harvest more cotton per gallon of fuel, and operating costs per pound of lint can be reduced by two to 20 percent.
Producers can harvest their crop during optimum conditions and move the stripper quickly and easily from field to field. Faster harvest, combined with the proven round-module wrap system, helps maintain the lint moisture and quality. Less lint is lost in the field, at the gin and due to the weather.
More information on the new John Deere CS690 Cotton Stripper is available online or from your local John Deere dealer.
Source – John Deere