I also quit buying Sears tools quite a few years ago because of planned obsolescence and lack of parts. That was a seriously flawed business plan on Sears part, i.e. make a tool that is designed not to last and not fixable and then expect people to buy another one when that one fails.
I see that Ace Hardware and Rona up here are stocking some of the new Sears tools since B & D took over. Ironically, I just read a tool test on ROS sanders in FWW and the Craftsman came in as best value and did really well in the test. However, it cost $5 more than the Bosch which did only slightly worse. Because of the ill feelings that Sears left me with in the past it is going to be hard for them to convince me to start buying their product again when I can get something like a Bosch for about the same money.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.