John Deere CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Stripper grab the lead

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Cotton growers now have access to the most productive harvesters ever built with the launch of the CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Cotton Stripper by John Deere

John Deere has launched two cost saving cotton harvesters that are able to cover the ground much quicker – take a look at the CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Stripper and see why no other models can match them

The CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Cotton Stripperare made to meet the cotton industry’s increased demand for power while offering the most current precision package available with a full portfolio of integrated precision ag technology.

In addition operators have been treated to a larger, more comfortable cab, and have all the power backing they need from a John Deere bolstered 13.6-litre PowerTech engine. Transport speed for both models is 32kph.

This is the engine power that many operators have been seeking and it should be ordered from the Tier 4 range as this clean engine increases fuel efficiency by 20% for the CP770 and up to 15% for the CS770.

Choose the cotton harvester that best suits your operation, as both harvesters run with the new module handling system, while the CS770 also offers the largest header size available, at 12 rows.

CP770 Cotton Picker

This is John Deere’s third-generation round-module cotton picker and is claimed to be 5% more productive than the 690 model it replaces.

The CP770 Cotton Picker is capable of a synced harvest at 7.4kph, and this allows it to cram an extra 1.8ha (4.4-acres) into a 10-hour harvest shift.

Even weighing in at 31,751kg the CP770 picker uses 20% less fuel than the its 690 pre-decessor, partly due to the economy provided from its 13.6-litre PowerTech engine and the new hydraulic power.

The front side of the engine has a reversible cooling fan, and it varies the pitch of the blades, reverses during the day, and only uses intermittent power as required to cool the vehicle.

The CP770 picker brings with it a functional change in the cost structure of cotton harvesting with an overall, cost per bale saving of $2 due to the increased speed of the cotton handling system.

Compare the CP770 to the previous 690 model and you start to see a clear 33% time saving. Previously the 690 took 48 seconds to wrap and eject a bale, but now the 770 only takes 30 seconds.

And while the finished bale size has is about the same, the average weight is now 2495kg with a 245cm diameter. Overall benefits show wrap costs have gone down by 8% and because a bale is now 5% denser, this relates to a saving of 8% on haulage costs as well.

CS770 Stripper

John Deere’s CS770 Stripper now runs an unbeatable fold for transport 12-Row Stripper head that works across 12m (40ft) for greater productivity of an additional 40.4ha (100-acres) over a 10 hour shift

Operators are getting what they have wanted for a while with the CS770 Stripper, 12 rows of stripper-headers stretching across 12m (40ft) of compared with the 8 rows of 8m (26ft) offered on its CS690 predecessor.

This goes part of the way to make the CS770 48% more productive in dryland cotton. It’s a frightening difference, across a 10 hour shift the CS770 will cover an extra 40.4ha (1000-acres) more than the CS690.

The CS770 now tops 30.8 tonnes but manages its bulk nicely to use 15% less fuel than the CS690 model it replaces.

And while harvest speed is obviously subject to variable paddock conditions, the CS770 is capable of stripping cotton at up to 14 kph, and saves plenty of time unloading its 245cm diameter bales in just 30 seconds.

Bales from the CS770 stripper come in at an average weight of 2223kg and much tidier due to the new three-drum cleaner, and that also helps with wrapping economy to remove plant material.

John Deere’s Production System Manager, Ben Kelly had this to say at the local launch, “The CP770 and CS770 harvesters have been redesigned from the ground up, and are an ideal merge of power, size and precision agriculture technology.

“Both models have been made to deliver an industry-leading harvesting platform to local cotton farmers.”

“The CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Strippers will increase productivity during harvest, while at the same time give growers and contractors simple, easy-to-use and impactful access to their farm and equipment data,” Ben Kelly said.

The CP770 Cotton Picker and CS770 Stripper cotton harvesters are able to produce larger and denser modules and have increased productivity for cotton producers like never before

“The size of the new round module builders on the picker and stripper make it possible to harvest more hectares per hour, as the module size has grown by more than 50mm in diameter, to equate to a 2% productivity gain for each bale.”

The CP770 and CS770 have been developed with local cotton producers in mind.

“The Australian cotton industry is extremely important to us, hence our multi-year investment in testing our cotton equipment in the country’s unique production conditions to ensure we deliver the power, efficiency and durability needed,” Ben Kelly added.

The CP770 and CS770 are also the first cotton harvesters to be offered by John Deere with a Generation 4 Display.

“This technology seamlessly and securely connects to JDLink, which is now available at no ongoing costs, to collect and collate agronomic and machine data through the John Deere Operations Center.

“This paves the way for growers and contractors to delve deeper into the insights of their operation.”

“This information helps ensure harvest runs smoothly, on time and on schedule – right to the last hectare,” Ben Kelly was quick to point out.

In the cab of the John Deere CP770 and CS770 cotton harvesters you’ll start out with 30% more space than before filled to the brim with all the guidance, mapping, tracing, data-sharing, and remote-diagnostic capability you will ever need including an integrated Generation 4 4600 CommandCenter Display and StarFire 6000 Receiver

Ben Kelly also said traceability was growing in its core importance to the cotton industry, and the technology delivered by the CP770 and CS770 dovetailed precisely into John Deere’s already enhanced Harvest ID (HID) technology.

This system uses the radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader to read module serial numbers embedded on the module wrap.

“Ultimately, this technology means there is improved reporting and seamless access to data related to cotton bales that can be shared to stakeholders right across the supply chain,” Ben Kelly added.

On top of the hard-iron and technological improvements, operator comfort has not been forgotten, and both harvesters come with a new cab configuration designed to ensure operators have a smooth ride and ease-of-use during harvest.

The cab is noticeably larger, quieter and more comfortable, and provides operators with incredible visibility as more cameras, mirrors and lighting have been added. 

Ben Kelly also made the point that this new harvester launch represented John Deere’s long-running partnership with the Australian cotton industry and continued work to bring innovation to the sector.

“John Deere trialed its revolutionary round-bale cotton picker on a NSW farm in 2008, when for the first time it allowed non-stop harvesting by a self-propelled machine, and marked a major global milestone for the industry,” Ben Kelly said.

“We see the launch of the CP770 and CS770 as a continued demonstration of our long-term commitment to the local cotton industry and a reflection of our confidence in the strength of the sector,” Ben Kelly concluded.

Take a look at the CP770 and CS770 cotton harvesters at this link.