Craftsman has a reputation for making quality hand tools with a lifetime guarantee. If a Craftsman tool fails to perform, simply exchange it for another one. I have purchased Craftsman tools at Sears department store and I can attest to the fact that Sears stands behind the lifetime guarantee. I took a 1/2" drive ratchet that I had owned for over ten years back to Sears to be exchanged. The clerk behind the desk took my old ratchet, exchanged it with another one that was the same size and style, and soon I was on my way, no questions asked. Granted, I received a refurbished tool, but it looked and worked as good as new. I was completely satisfied with the exchange.
I have a fair collection of Craftsman hand tools. I own two socket sets with standard and metric, regular and deep well, 6 point and 12 point sockets. The ratchets in each set include a 1/4" drive, a 3/8" drive and a 1/2" drive (one of which I needed to exchange). I also own Craftsman pliers, screw drivers, wrenches (both standard and metric), nut drivers, extensions and a breaker bar.
While I am not a professional mechanic, I do enjoy working on projects around the house, such as taking the deck off my John Deere riding lawn mower to sharpen the blades or minor automobile repairs.
Craftsman hand tools have changed very little the years. I realize that ratchets may have a more ergonomic design or wrenches can come with a ratchet function (I must admit that a ratchet wrench is ingenious). What I am referring to is good quality hand tools that are built to last, and if something should happen, simply exchange the defective tool for another one.
The Craftsman name may be on a variety of products, but for me when I hear the name Craftsman, I think of quality hand tools.