The first farm-scale use of the mechanical cotton stripper was in northwest Texas about 1914, with a section of a picket fence. Farmers of the area used narrow, boxlike sleds between sorghum rows to collect heads of sorghum grain. An enterprising farmer knocked out the front end to the sled box and nailed some fence pickets to the base so that, as the cotton was combed from the plants, he could stand in the box and rake the cotton off the fingers. This method was termed sledding cotton. Horse-drawn sled strippers were used extensively from 1925 to 1931. Few were used during the depression period from 1932 to 1942 because of an abundance of cheap labor. Their use was discarded shorthly after appearance of the tractor-mounted stripper in 1943.
Types of cotton strippers
Cotton strippers are classified largely according to the types of stripping device, such as the double roller with alternate rows of nylon brush bristles and a flexible rubberized strip, and the multiple-finger or comb type. The double-roll cotton stripper may be centrally mounted on the tractor or it may be self-propelled. The finger- or comb-type cotton stripper mounted centrally on the tractor or is pulled behind the tractor.