Don't buy the big box store jack. Will leak after a few uses. That craftsmen you had was probably on its way out as mine did after 30 years. The seals go and can't get new ones.
I researched as u are ding and found out the American made are great and usually for shops as they are very pricey'
The harbor frieght is the 1 I ended up with for low cars. I think it goes down to less then 3 " and up to 15"
The plunger is made in Japan and is the best chrome moly whatever. and was much less money. It don't leak
I hated to buy foriegn but could not see spending more for a jack that sits around most of the time..
The only thing about it is it comes down to fast so you have to be easy on the release. Oh, and the handle don'tm collapse.