After having my 54" snow plow for several storms including the blizzard, I am very happy with the performance. However, I am not happy with the shoes that come stock with it. I had to buy two sets at $32 per pair, and then bought the heavy duty set at $106 per pair. The standard set wore out in one storm. Mind you, my driveway is 2/10 mile long and gravel. The heavy duty set lasted longer. But ripped off the plow when angled due to 90 degree edge on sides. Had a set of boss snow plow shoes custom mounted on plow and couldn't be happier. As for the cutting edge, had to replace also after shoes broke off at $61 per edge. Had a custom edge made out of 3/8 stock and twice as tall for $31. Very happy with new edge. And yes, the plow is always in float mode. After all that, I just purchased a 54" snow blower and am extremely pleased with how it handled a foot of heavy wet snow today. Haven't had a chance to look at the shoes on the blower after today's use, but I am sure they are holding up better due to the size of them and for the fact that I don't go as fast with the blower vs the plow.