There is a lot you can do to improve your satisfaction level with Craftsman or any other make of tool. It really comes down to investing the time to educate yourself on the things a particular tool does best, and how to create jigs and fixtures to help extend it's range. Your local library should be the place to start, as many not only have books on the subject, but videos as well- you can really hit the ground running in a short amount of time by checking them out. You can also enquire about woodworking clubs in your area and also, high schools offer adult ed. courses as well. Although when it comes to tools, buying the best you can afford is a good dictum, getting the best from what you have is still a viable option for you.