J.C. - you may be correct on the free enterprise / BUYER BEWARE / shareholders first angle. ( What we really need is a consumer rights suit to make Sears put their ESCAPE CLAUSE right there in the WARRANTY WORDING so people can make an informed, fair purchasing decision, and avoid these local store shouting matches, forum wars, etc ) I guess I was a silly, niave man to trust Sears ... maybe I could not see the forest for the trees - sure, the warranty sort of works, if they decide to honor it, and I stress the word HONOR. Speaking of stock, maybe I should buy Sears shares so my dividends can make up for my Craftsman loses. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! By the way, what's in it for you to be a SEARS company "yes" man / team player? These are real issues which the little guy homeowners should be aware of when investing in DYI equipment.