We see lots of opinions regarding tool brands here and Craftsman sticks out. It appears as though our opinions on Craftsman power tools run from very supportive to downright venomous. Personally, as I read some of these posts I try to imagine who sent them - particularly in terms of experience and age.
I am beginning to think some of the more disrespectful comments are coming from the older crowd who remember the power equipment Craftsman offered up until the early 80's. In fact some of us older geezers might still have 70's vintage routers, circular saws, sanders or other machines that are still serving us well. A lot of the maintenance on these old machines amounted to replacing power cords and brushes. We also remember when it took three guys to move their cast-iron winged table saws, drill presses or old jointers.
My theory - Much of the venom is coming from older folks who feel betrayed by Sears and are just pissed. Any truth to this?
(BTW - this is aimed at power tools, not hand tools, sockets, etc.)