I own three, for jobs at varying locations and because I hate to ever be without one. In my opinion, all the hype and salesmanship is justified. These are indeed lifetime assets and I've yet to damage one save for splattered paint.
They are as safe as claimed and I don't find the weight a distraction. My only problem is remembering how to use all the various setups and combination of uses. I own every attachment and am similarly happy with them. I do NOT believe it is over priced. I am completely satisfied.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend