The removal of cotton from the plant by mechanical methods is by now well established; a quarter of the total American crop is harvested in this way. Satisfactory machines for this purpose, however, have only recently made their appearance and there is a long history of inventive trial and development behind them. Many types of machines were experimented with — in some the cotton was plucked by revolving spindles on prongs, by pneumatic apparatus or electrically charged belts; in others it was stripped from the plant by combs or rollers; in others again the whole plant was cut off and the cotton threshed from the vegetable matter. The picker type, employing revolving spindles, and the stripper have proved the most valuable. This note is concerned with the former.
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