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I have been searching the archives, and only found lots of questions about the Pioneer Homesteader in the first year or two after it was developed. For those that purchased it, what do you think now? Is it worth it?

I’ve read that success seems to be based on your terrain and conditions. We are considering purchasing one to use in a small (less than 2 acres) market garden and possibly a small (1-2 acres) grain field. We live on heavy clay, Virgin, Unworked soil. That being said, we won’t be plowing much in our soil, but we do like to attend plow days in nearby fields of well-worked black soil. On our property, we would be using more of the cultivator on compost amended soils, the potato digger, discer, and hiller. The concept seems to fit our needs perfectly, but the question is....what is the reality?

Uncle Joe says 2017-10-23 21:00:55 (CST)

I look forward to reading about the experiences Homesteader owners have had.

Pioneer recently made some improvements to the machine, adding coil springs to the frame and lowering the evener attachment point closer to where the plow, cultivator shovel, or other tillage tool works the soil, improving the line of draft.

The most common complaint I have heard from users is the inability to break hard ground with the plow. It performs well in soil that is worked every year but can have trouble with sod for example.

I was at Pioneer a few days ago and they had several Homesteaders ready to ship. It continues to be popular, especially for teamsters with smaller horses.

27 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Uncle Joe says 2017-10-24 13:38:02 (CST)

Here are a few photos of the Homesteader in Pioneer's showroom.

26 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Redgate says 2017-10-31 08:26:37 (CST)

So we’ve been researching the Homesteader pretty intensely, trying to figure out whatever we can without actually using one (or even seeing one since no one in our area seems to have one). Based on what I have heard on forums, our Amish friend summarized it best.....he said the plow stinks except for soft, well-worked, loamy soil. The discer doesn’t glide well since it is attached rather than hinged to the frame, but it’s effectiveness is a matter of opinion based on the desired goals. He said the hiller and cultivator were awesome, did their job well, and were perfect for a market garden. He also said the potato plow was the absolute best digger he had ever used in his life. He claimed the advantage was in being able to steer the Homesteader with the foot pedals, which keep the plow in the center of the bed. He said it was also great for digging planting furrows nice and evenly. We are leaning heavily towards purchasing it, so now just have to decide which attachments we want. I wish more folks were out there to chime in. I think I am going to do some research on market gardeners and see if I can track down someone with one to discuss further.

20 days ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2017-11-08 18:53:08 (CST)

Mark Trapp a draft horse farmer currently market gardening in the Cuyahoga Conservancy at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, started with and uses a Pioneer Homesteader as his primary tillage tool. I am sure that he would discuss it with you. Trapp Family Farm. Here is a link
The park is located near Cleveland Ohio, sort of between there and Akron Ohio. I hope this helps

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