Tedious job harvesting cotton
The cotton boll picking machine is a self propelled one in the form of big chamber that removes cotton bolls from the plants. This was developed to suit the varieties of cotton generally grown in country which does not ripen at same time and is available at the affordable cost. This tractor mounted machine takes the drive from tractor PTO and can be raised or lowered to a desired height from ground level through hydraulic system. It can be easily attached to a tractor and taken to the field and comprised of four parts namely the vibrator, conveyer tray, suction pump and storage cabin. Every time that the vibrator discs revolves, it gives a strong jolt to the plant and the cotton bolls dropped on the conveyer which collected them and drew to it to the back of machine from where the suction pump sucked these for storage in the storage box. When the tractor moves forward, the cotton plant comes in between the guides which forward the plants towards the plucking unit. The cotton bolls are plucked by rotating the star wheels (3-4 on each shaft) mounted on inclined shaft. Rolling rubber belts are provided on both side of the row beneath the plucking mechanism to carry the bolls towards Suction pipes on both sides. In addition aspirators are also there to suck the cotton bolls through suction pipes.
Link: The machine can be operated with diesel ; this machine claims to reduce the cost of harvesting in terms of time and money
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