Thanks Bob for the info on the jointer. It's so hard to get reviews on their product, being it's such a regional company. I've been eying that jointer too. It's in my price range first of all. I'm a 99 percenter woodworker. Can't afford the high end stuff yet.
I had been having problems with the table on the drill press I bought awhile back. I couldn't get it to tighten all the way. It kept wandering when I would use a large forstner, or sanding drum. Spoke to the guys in hardware, and they gave me a brand new one, because it was in the 3 year warranty period. Funny thing, they don't have a service center for their power tools. Instead they do an in store swap. The new drill press works great. Even the quill/spindle doesn't wander like the first one did.
From the best I can tell, their product is made by the same company as Craftsman. What I see is in some cases, they go spec for spec to Craftsman brand. In other items, such as the drill press and jointer, there are obvious upgrades. I did try the Masterforce 2 1/4 hp router combo, and returned it the first day I used it. Power wasn't the issue. The way they use a cog type height adjustment was. Every time I would move 1/2 inch using the dial adjust the motor housing dropped. Not satisfactory. It is identical to the same Craftsman combo, and cheaper. Funny thing. Went to Sears after the return. They had the Router without the plunger base, but it had both collets as a floor model for $35. For that I dealt with the adjustment issue. Now it's a backup to the great deal I found at Menard's again. Purchased the Porter Cable 895pk combo for $219! Couldn't pass it up.
The biggest problem with Menard's is they play around with the idea of catering to woodworkers for a few months, feel their not selling enough product, then clearance it out. They are definitely geared more to contractors, and portable tools.