We have about 10 paslodes ranging from 5 years old and newer. The newer ones are a bit better for driving into engineered lumber. When they first came out with the round drives we had a ton of trouble with all our existing guns. Paslode wouldn't admit they had a problem. We actually had to buy our nails from prime just to get the clip heads for a while while they figured it out. They have it solved now and have not had a problem for the last few years. The hanger clip is very handy and prevents a lot of dropped guns. The paslodes will take a drop as long as you don't drop them on concrete. Will never buy another hitachi. Wont take any abuse without breaking and no hanger clip means far greater chance of a fall. Have tried the ridgid, too awkward and heavy, though good hitting power and has hanger clip. Stanley bostitch strip nailer wasn't bad but we found the nails far more expensive than the paslode. I have been running paslode for almost 30 years and for my money, that's what I will be buying. good luck.