You must have a front plow, to go along with the rear plow. The rear plow/front plow complement each other. But the rear plow alone is useless with out the front plow in my opinion. There is no way to clean up, or tuck/and or stack snow with only the rear plow. And you can't just leave piles of snow everywhere. On top of that there is a limit to how much snow you can pull with a rear plow, typical it depends on the size of the truck. When you drag snow far enough that your tires and rear end of the truck gets packed with snow, you must raise the plow or you will get stuck!
We're running a Snowman 7'6" power angling rear plow. With the angling ability we can use it as a primary plow under some conditions. If confronted with a thawed gravel surface the pull plow will take the snow off with less disturbance to the driveway. As a pull plow loads up it will try to lift, a front plow under load gets pushed down. Normally use it straight for pulling out loading docks and other blind areas but the angling ability is very nice to have. As far as I know, the Daniels does not have that capability. There's another thread going, S-10 Plows, or something like that which has a picture of our Snowman.
Alan is correct, the Daniels does not have the power angle feature. Never had the pleasure to try out the snowman product. Seen them first hand in St. Louis last June, they looked like nice units. I guess preference is based on types of use. For my buisness, mostly residential, its nice to have the mini snowbox on the rear of the truck to get any left over windrow. This type of design shines in radius driveways, cuts plow times by more than half.
I have some nice, expensive, gravel driveways where I would like to try the Snowman out. What do you say Alan.
When I was looking for a new truck to buy two years ago, I stopped at the Dodge dealership to look at the Durango's. When asked if they would honor any warranty issues with regards to a front plow installed, they said no. When I was walking out of the dealership the manager stopped me and said that they would honor standard warranty if a rear unit was installed. No real use for me to have a rear plow, without the front plow. I bought a new Jeep instead, standard warranty is not void if plows are put on. Extended warranty prohibits use of plows though!
I just remembered that our village plows with Ford Explorer SUV's.
They have at least 10 of them with Meyers plows on them. They must be able to take some good beatings if villages are using them. I do know that these trucks are used for plowing all the cul de sacs and the like.