5 Tips for Replacing Old Cotton Picker Parts

The numerous parts that make up your specialized machinery for cotton harvesting are not built to last forever. With proper maintenance and care, parts can last for their full life expectancy, but they do begin to break down over time and with continued use. Failure of cotton picker parts is accelerated by improper use, a lack of maintenance, failure to clean the machine, the use of little to no lubrication and poor manufacturing.

We at Certi-Pik, USA always encourage cotton farmers to routinely inspect their machines and all their parts. Replacing cotton picker parts before they fail completely is much cheaper than waiting to replace them until after they break and cause damage to other parts of the machine. During your routine parts inspection, use these tips to help you identify when it is the right time to invest in replacement parts for your cotton harvester:

  • Visual evidence of wear: During your routine inspection of your cotton picker parts, you should be able to notice clear visible signs of wear and tear on most parts. Spindles, moistener pads and bearings, in particular, typically show obvious signs of deterioration or fraying, which is a telltale indicator they should be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Decreased picker efficiency: During your harvest, if you notice your cotton harvester is leaving cotton in the field or is otherwise decreasing in efficiency, there may be a problem with one or more of its parts. To start, make minor adjustments to see if the problem rectifies itself. If the efficiency continues to drop, do a thorough inspection of the machine’s parts to identify where the problem lies.
  • Adjustments fail to make a difference: Some parts need to be adjusted every so often to ensure smooth functionality, but there comes a point where no amount of adjustment can make up for the wear on a part. In fact, some parts become so worn down that they cannot achieve the necessary alignments. If you make adjustments to a part only to have the part continue to fail, it’s probably time to replace it.
  • Parts have been poorly maintained: In the event that you obtain a used and poorly maintained cotton harvester from someone else, or you yourself have neglected to maintain your cotton picker in recent years, the chances that you will need to replace parts is high. Cotton pickers require extensive maintenance and lubrication to remain effective and safe, and if that maintenance doesn’t occur, parts fail much faster.
  • Fires start easily: Fires in your cotton harvester can quickly turn into a disaster for your machines and cotton fields. Regular cleanings will help cut down on the risk of cotton picker fires, but sometimes the problem doesn’t lie with dirty parts. Worn-out parts can also cause fires, as they are more likely to collect debris and oil that fuel frequent fires.

To browse a wide selection of manufactured and fabricated cotton picker parts, call Certi-Pik, USA. We also offer a broad list of quality specialty items and sheet metal parts for rebuilding picker units. For more than 30 years, we’ve served customers around the world with our top-quality products and competitive prices. Call today!