couldnt agree more most power tools are pretty good really and we have a broad seletion ..however most are now mafell ....Festool Number 1
I have no complaints about Bosch, De Walt and Makita.
You get what you pay for in the end
Craftsman Routers are known to have plastic brush holders, whichpartially melt or get so soft, that the springs push the carbon brushes out of alignment, until the motor fails completely. Craftsman is only a "name", and has passed from company to company along the time. more than 10 years ago I bought two "Craftsman" bench tools: a small press drill and a belt and disc sander... The sander, then made by "Rexon" in Korea has served me well, but the bearings are getting noisy. The 9" drill press was another story: it came with too much freeplay between the quill and the cast iron housing, destroying any precision. And the shaft pulley came badly cast, with too much "core-shift", which caused one side of the puley being too thick and the opposite side thinner, thus, highly unbalanced, so much that is caused a terrible shakingat all speeds, making it unusable. due to me storing the drill press because I was moving to another house, I left it inside the unopened box for about two years, so the damn Sears store did not acceptedto exchange it.any Modern Craftsman tools....not likely available in UK.
I've had a 4x24 craftsman beltsanderx 40 plus years and it still is a work horse, OTOH, I bought a n Asian craftsman, router and the armature started flying apart....hard to believe, but it did. Bearings mounted in plastic. Never bought a newer Craftsman tool since then. No QC that I could see