Why We Installed Only One Stage of Saw Lint Cleaning

Charles A. Glover


In 1993 E. Ritter and Company built a new Continental Eagle gin plant with only one stage of saw tooth lint cleaning per stand. Since our cotton is classed in Hayti, Missouri, I have compared some classing data from our gin to the cotton grown in Arkansas and classed at the Hayti classing office. Hayti had a 21.6% increase in cotton that had a leaf grade of 3 or less. E. Ritter and Company had a 15.9% increase in grade 4 over the Hayti office. We also had a 5.6% increase in leaf grade 5. Since there is no premium for cotton with a leaf grade less than four, any additional removal of leaf also results in more lint being removed and less turnout. We believe one stage of saw lint cleaning will return more money to our customers, ourselves and deliver the type of cotton to the mills that they say they want.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1994 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 166 - 167
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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