Harbor Freight Tools is a discount tool and equipment retailer that was founded in 1977 by Eric Smidt and his father Alan Smidt under the name Harbor Freight and Salvage. The company started out as a mail-order tool business that handled liquidated and returned items. As the business grew, its name was changed to Harbor Freight Tools. Harbor Freight Tools is headquartered in Calabasas, California. The company currently operates more than 1,000 retail stores in 48 states and employs over 20,000 people. On August 14, 2019, they opened their 1,000th store in Louisville, Kentucky.
The company is engaged in mail order business and cooperates with various shops from different cities of the United States that sell rare tools, telescopic mirrors, devices for removal of jammed bolts, as well as hand and power tools, workbenches, repair racks. Many devices are sold in special boxes, which make it easy to organize . Harbor Freight Tools also offers special sets of tools and materials that greatly facilitate the life of all amateur craftsmen. Many tools are sold under Harbor Freight's own brands, which are sourced directly from manufacturers. These are some of them: Bauer, Electricity in Chicago, Master Drill, Hercules, Quinn, Warrior.
Company has been rapidly expanding across the country. Harbor Freight has currently no locations outside the United States, but is planning to expand its locations inside the country. Harbor Freight positions itself as a company with the widest assortment of quality tools at the lowest prices you can find. Its stores are typically open from 8 AM to 8 PM Mondays through Saturdays, and from 9 AM to 6 PM on Sundays. Before shopping, please refer to the store locator on this page to check precise business details including the hours of operation.