John Deere launches new cotton harvesting line-up

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John Deere cotton stripper1 John Deere claims its new CS690 cotton stripper cuts labour and miscellaneous harvesting costs by up to 78 per cent. John Deere cotton stripper1
John Deere cp690 cotton picker1 The new CP690 cotton picker will continue the legacy of the 7760 model. John Deere cp690 cotton picker1

John Deere is building the momentum for next year’s cotton harvesting season by upgrading its current cotton picker and stripper range.

The new CP690 cotton picker will replace the current 7760 model, while the CS690 cotton stripper is built on the existing 7460.

John Deere claims the new machines aim to increase harvesting speed and efficiency as well as help operators save on costs and time.

John Deere CS690 Cotton Stripper

 "Simply put, the CS690 helps cotton growers accomplish more in less time," says John Deere Cotton Harvesting Solutions Senior Product Manager Dave Mulder.

"High Plains (Dry land) growers can strip their crops and deliver the maximum amount of quality lint to the gin as quickly and efficiently as possible, while reducing labour, boll buggies and other related harvesting costs."

The unit features a new on-board module-building system that protects lint quality and runs non-stop to help save potential down time in the field while increasing operator comfort.

Built on the 7460 model, the new CS690 has more added power of 372kW from a 13.5 litre engine with 22kW boost.

Other key upgrades include:

  • Up to more than 453 kg-per-minute rated thoroughput of seed cotton
  • 8 per cent cleaner speed increase (up to 700 rpm)
  • 10 per cent increase in cotton conveying fan capacity
  • ProDrive transmission
  • Full-time four-wheeled drive

With the upgrades, John Deere says the new model can deliver, compared with the 7460:

  • Labour cost savings by as much as 78 per cent
  • Reduced operating costs per pound of lint by 2 to 20 per cent

John Deere adds servicing times and general maintenance have also been improved on the CS690, with added features such as self-cleaning rotary system, hydraulic oil level indication and remote battery terminal access.

The new model incorporates John Deere’s latest technology including a 19cm colour touch-screen CommandCenter display; adjustable header and cleaner speeds; updated corner post display and more.

The headers for the new model have also been updated and are now the 600 series’ 606SH and 608SH headers, available in six and eight row configurations with 76, 91, 96 and 101cm row spacings.

John Deere CP690 cotton picker

The new CP690 will replace the existing 7760 and will feature an updated on-board round module building system with increased power, performance and uptime.

The major changes for the 2015 model include:

  • A more powerful 418kW (560hp) US EPA Tier 2 13.5 litre engine that provides a 24kW (30hp) boost that John Deere says can deliver a 5 per cent increase in harvest speed.
  • More integrated machine intelligence that supports the John Deere FarmSight strategy
  • New touch-screen displays
  • Improved service intervals

John Deere Cotton Pickers Product Manager Drew Wethington says the updates help deliver the distinctive value and benefits producers have come to expect with non-stop cotton harvesting.

"We’ve taken the very popular 7760 platform and built the new CP690, based on customer input, to make it easier, more efficient to operate, and with less downtime and maintenance," he says.

"From the field to the gin, these machines deliver more, higher quality lint faster, easier and with less manpower and other equipment costs."

John Deere has added the next generation ProDrive automatic shift transmission with new anti-slip regulation to the new model.

On the front end are John Deere’s Pro-6 picking units which the company says can harvest cotton at 97 per cent efficiency while new row-unit doffers provide smooth and clean operation at higher speeds.

A new CommandCentre touch screen display and new digital corner post display with more system functions and a more intuitive design can be found in the cab.

In addition, John Deere has loaded the CP690 with all its latest machine intelligence such as HarvestDoc, Harvest Identification, Cotton, AutoTrac and AutoTracRowSense.

"The new CP690 has tremendous harvesting capacity," Wethington says.

"With the 1400 litres fuel tank, 360 litres water tank and five rolls of round module wrap, these machines are capable of harvesting over 4 hectares per hour and working for 12 hours without refills," he says.

"They are the most intelligent, productive pickers on the market today."

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