I guess I ended up bashing after all, but this is from my own
experience, and it's justified. What really galls me now is that
they've added a new "professional series" of mechanics tools. When I
was a teenager, the everyday Craftsman wrenches were top quality and
there was no need for the "deluxe" series. Sigh.
I think this is the issue that the old timers (I'm included) remember when
Craftsman was equal to what Snap-on is today, or at least we thought so.
They may be moving in that direction again. My son worked for a motorcycle
dealer for a while. The mechanics bought a lot of Craftsman wrenches because
if one broke, Sears replaced it.
Imported crap is imported crap, it doesn't matter what label you put on it.
I have no doubt that John's saw does what he wants to do with it. If that is
the case, it's a good value for him. Mark Dugenske has Craftsman bandsaws in
his shop. Michael Fortune has Ridgid bandsaws in his shop. Both guys have
Delta's or equal in their shops.
I have a shop full of Rockwell, Delta, PC, and DW tools in my shop. They
have cheapened the products with their imports to the point, I'll probably
buy Steel City If I need to replace one. I'm happy with Jet tools at this
time. If I buy a mini-lathe, it will probably be a Jet.
If I buy handtools, I expect them to come out of the box working. I will
probably buy Lee Valley or LN, however, Wenzloff, Grammecy, and Blue Spruce
are names I will look at.
I received a wooden spokeshave for Christmas that came from Traditional
Woodworking Tools that is great.