I've got five Craftsman routers, made by Ryobi I believe. The new one is I guess 15 years old, more or less. I bought that one new, for around $50, because the other I had bought new, for around $50, had a soldered connection come loose, wire too short. Haven't bothered resoldering it yet, because I had been given, free, three even older Craftsman routers, same model. So, right now I have four working routers, and one repairable. They are all low price, low horsepower, 1/4" collets, and do just what I need them to do. When/if one dies, it will likely get tossed, possibly tucked away as a parts router. As long as they work, and do what I need, I'm not interested in knowing anything about new routers - with one exception, I will likely buy a low low priced trim router, for some new projects where a trim router would be very useful.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.