The sno-way plow uses hi-tensile strength steel throughout the moldboard assy. The Steel insert on both the straight blade and Lobo "V" is 16gauge Hi-Tensile Steel = 12gauge. Recommeded fluid has to be equivalent to ZFI5606 fluid, if you are using something else and it stills works for you great. Mounting height is between 9-11" as spec. unless noted in mounting kit instructions. Controls are rocker switch or joystick control and yes the joystick is somewhat large and bulky, this will be changing, the Lobo control has large rockers that most find easy to operate. The cylinders are double acting and allows to operate in different directions at the same time on the Lobo. Down Pressure is standard on the Lobo and optional on all other plows as of 2001. The Paw Stand is standard on all plows as of 2001. Warranty rate is 2%, I do not know what other manufacturers rates are because they do not make this known. Lexan is a GE product and is 1/8" Thick, make sure to never use a petroleum base product on the lexan or it will cause damage. Shoes, shoes do not have to be on the plow Except the middle shoe on the LOBO "V". Down Pressure is a patent that Sno-Way owns. Mounting problems, yes it is not the easiest at first to mount, we use the 3 pin system because we know it is safe, along with every plow comes a safety coupling for the hydraulic cylinder should you ever lose pressure and the plow comes down while transporting. As of 2001 a retro-kit will be available to make mounting the plow a little easier, contact me if you want more info. Why not a quick style mount? Sno-Way has researched this and will eventually have one, however we know that the 3-pin mount remains the safest one out there and many drive in style mounts require level surfaces for hookup, not always convenient. I hope I was able to answer most of the questions from the board I could find, I'm playing catch up here, so bare with me.