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Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Pioneer’s Foot Plow permits the horsefarmer to pull out at the end of a land and turn sharp around to proceed back across the field. A procedure most competition plowmen need.

Pioneer Foot-lift Sulky Plow

photos and commentary by Lynn Miller

As of press time (2006), not yet available to the public, and still being field tested, the Wengerd family of Dalton, Ohio has engineered a new innovation for the Pioneer Equipment sulky plow lineup. Borrowing design aspects from some of the most successful riding plows of a bygone era, they have applied new materials and techniques in their exciting, new, Foot Plow.

Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow

The original sulky or riding plow they have been selling, successfully, for decades features an axle design which has two opposing wheels, mounted directly to the plow beam. This style of plow, set in the ground and lifted out by lever, was well crafted to perform on the contour or for around the field. Pioneer has sold truckloads of this model to thousands of satisfied farmers.

Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
The new Pioneer Foot Plow features a solid compact design, rugged in all construction aspects. This plow is built by people who understand what it means to have a good horsedrawn implement do a great job year after year.

I believe their new design will prove even more popular. The new plow is of a frame design which has the beam floating, center of the frame, off two eccentric yokes which provide push and pull for taking the plow in and out of the ground. The land, landside and furrow wheels are all affixed to the frame rather than the beam. The landside and furrow wheels are coupled together in a steering framework that is attached to the tongue end. When the horses turn, the wheels turn.

The lifting mechanism for this plow is a foot-operated lever which allows the operator to use both legs for lifting and setting. This foot-operated action means the operator can keep his hands on the lines at all times. The steering tongue means the plow will turn sharp on headlands for safety and efficiency. It also provides assurance on hilly terrain or with new horses, that the plow will not run up on their heels. Levers on both sides permit the operator to set the frame level for accurate plowing.

Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
These four photos show the lifting and setting action from both sides. Note that the seat is adjustable for the length of the operator’s legs. The large, horizontal, adjustable spring provides assist in setting the plow down.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Notice the substantial construction of the lifting and pushing yokes. Top pictures show the plow setting down in the ground. Bottom pictures when it being lifted, all by foot.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Anyone doubting the future of horsefarming should take a gander at this outstanding new innovation in riding plows.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Automotive design may be stuck in the 80s, but the horsefarmers of today are redefining future in purely practical terms.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
A closeup of the front of the two lifting yokes. Note the substantial tube steel frame.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
A closeup showing how the tongue is affixed to the plow. The arm, bottom left runs right to the back wheel. The upright axle shaft turns the front landside wheel. When the tongue turns, both wheels turn in opposite directions permitting the plow to turn sharp.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
A closeup of the lifting pedal showing the “dog” mechanism to hold the plow in position.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
This picture shows the lever-operated, springloaded, foot assisted wheel adjusting mechanism.
Pioneer Foot-Lift Sulky Plow
A frontal shot showing the beautiful, spare efficiency of the Pioneer Foot plow.