Re: Rigid 2900 vs 2901
Warrenties are a real issue for me too! That is what usually makes me give second thoughts to buying Craftsman power tools. They certainly offer the greatest variety and I fully understand that Sears doesn't manufacture anything... but they do often set the specs and then use manufacturer's like Bosch, Emerson, Ryobi, etc.
But why would anyone buy one of these tools under the Craftsman brand, when the original manufacturer has a better warranty; ie: Ryobi has a 2-year while the Ryobi-made Craftsman has only a year!
But, to each his own I guess; and in the case of Craftsman, perhaps the reason is simply because the retailer is usually only a short drive away.
Whenever and wherever I make a purchase, I always inquire about their "return policy"... so many places today want to charge you a restocking fee, which is ridiculous from my point of view. Other retailers simply expect you to take care of any "out-of-box" problems via the manufacturer's warranty. I absolutely refuse to do that!
My reasoning being that if I buy a product, I fully expect it to work and to work well for a reasonable time period. If it doesn't work or it fails within a few days, then the darn thing is simply defective... and I don't want it repaired under warranty! IF I'm going to buy a "repaired" product or one that needs repair, then I expect it to be at an extreme discount... who in their right mind would buy anything that needs immediate repair, especially paying the "brand-new" price for it.
Similarly, I don't buy stale food products or those that don't taste good... I fully expect to get my money back for such purchases and I strongly feel that if the average consumer would also make such demands, the quality of products and services would increase dramatically.