I second the strap wrench. Didn't have one at first but learned quickly after coming across the suggestion. Another suggestion I haven't added yet was putting a stainless nut on the floating dip tube. I need one for the All Rounder and kegs.I have the all rounder. I like it quite a bit for a few reasons - very easy closed transfers, floating dip tube for clean beer into keg and i pressurize about half my ferments (majority of time I use pressure is very end of fermentation to get a jump on carbonation). I find it does a good job of temperature with the thermowell but the thermowell is a bit of a pain to keep secured and leak free. I have stripped at least one Duotight fitting due to difficulty to install the nut.
I do find it a bit of a pain to get sealed and apart. A strap wrench is a must to me. Getting the lid off can be tricky and I have never tried to pry it off for fear of damaging the plastic.
I don’t know about longevity. Currently at about 6 months regular use with the plastic pressure kit and no issues so far.
Overall it is my go to fermenter. Would be nice to have a better closed/dry hopping method and ability to dump trub (I have the all rounder) but for the price I think it’s a great value.
Have you tried the magnet trick for dry hopping? I've used it twice now with a lot of success. Two food safe magnets, muslin bag, and release when ready.
Amazon.com: KORE Sous Vide Weighted Magnets | Stainless Steel & Food Grade Silicone | Keep Food Bags Fully Submerged | Prevent Floating Bags & Undercooked Food Risks | Heavier & Better than Regular Magnets, Clips, Racks and Other Sous Vide Accessorie
Amazon.com: KORE Sous Vide Weighted Magnets | Stainless Steel & Food Grade Silicone | Keep Food Bags Fully Submerged | Prevent Floating Bags & Undercooked Food Risks | Heavier & Better than Regular Magnets, Clips, Racks and Other Sous Vide Accessories : Home & Kitchen