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About Northern Tool

Northern Tool was founded in 1981 when I opened a small hardware shop in my hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota. As a life-long resident of the cold northern state, I knew firsthand the importance of having reliable tools and equipment to handle the long winters. What started as a 800 square foot shop with a few shelves of basic tools has now grown into one of the region’s largest retailers of equipment and supplies for industry, agriculture, outdoor living, auto repair, and more.


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Industry-Leading Brands and Unmatched Product Selection

The heart of Northern Tool is our unmatched inventory spanning over 60,000 products covering 300+ iconic brands. These are not just any ordinary brands – we carefully curate and offer only professional-grade equipment from industry leaders known for quality, durability and performance.

In our stores and on our user-friendly website, you can shop by brand and conveniently compare specifications across models. Whether you’re loyal to a trusted label like DEWALT, Milwaukee or Lincoln Electric welders, or you want to explore other top names in tools like Metabo HPT, Bosch, Festool and more – we’ve got them all.

Beyond brand variety, we also offer an incredibly diverse product selection covering everything from hand tools, power tools, air compressors, saws, ladders, automotive equipment, outdoor power equipment, workwear, jobsite lighting, shop accessories, and so much more. You name it – we carry a deep inventory of it across multiple premium brands.

With new products constantly coming in from over 300 partner manufacturers, Northern Tool gives you an unparalleled one-stop selection for all your equipment needs on the jobsite or in the home garage. You won’t waste time visiting multiple stores trying to hunt down that specific hydraulic jack, miter saw blade or welding helmet. We have them all right here for you to conveniently access.

Committed to Quality and Value

Variety and selection is important, but ensuring quality is our top priority when curating inventory – because your projects deserve the very best.

We take pride in carrying professional-grade equipment designed for maximum durability, precision and performance to help professionals get the job done right. Our products are rigorously tested both by manufacturers and our own quality control teams to verify they meet strict specifications for functionality, safety and longevity.

On top of prioritizing quality assurances, we’re also committed to making our premium gear accessible and fairly priced for every budget. We negotiate with brands and closely monitor market pricing so we can offer you the lowest prices possible every day. We even price match valid local competitor ads to guarantee you get the best value always.

Whether you’re outfitting a large industrial worksite or tackling DIY home upgrades on a budget, Northern Tool gives you the perfect convergence of contractor-grade quality and value pricing in one convenient place.

Superior In-Store and Online Shopping Experience

The right selection of premium products means nothing without a stellar shopping experience to back it up. That’s why we’ve designed our stores and website to make purchasing equipment truly easy and enjoyable.

Across our retail showrooms, you’ll discover spacious, modern displays allowing you to see and touch products up close in a comfortable environment. We encourage you to test drive tools, ask our staff questions, or just take your time evaluating options with no pressure. Additional perks like free in-store pickup and ship-to-store allow you to shop online and retrieve items at your convenience.

Speaking of our website, it offers best-in-class ecommerce capabilities making it simple to shop 24/7 from anywhere. Intuitive category browsing, faceted search tools, expanded product descriptions, comparisons, DIY resources, customer images and reviews give you the confidence to purchase. Seamless checkout, free shipping specials and hassle-free returns remove all risk as we handle the details for you.

Ultimately our philosophy is ensuring the gear you need is always accessible right when inspiration strikes – whether in store or online. We provide a premium shopping experience to match our premium equipment.

Customers Come First Through Support and Service

But for us, the experience doesn’t end when you make a purchase. Our commitment to customers continues well beyond the sale through our comprehensive equipment support and service programs. We stand behind every product on our shelves, giving you added peace of mind.

Our promise starts with expertise. All our store team members complete extensive product knowledge training across brands so they can properly assist you with buying decisions, feature comparisons, technical specifications, usage guidance and more. Don’t know exactly what you need? No problem! We have the skills to ask the right questions to match you with the right gear.

We also operate factory-authorized repair centers for leading brands like Lincoln Electric, Honda, Generac and others. That means we have the qualified technicians, genuine parts and diagnostic capabilities to promptly service equipment both in and out of warranty. In a time crunch? We even offer next day turnaround on many repairs so you’re never out of commission for long.

Other perks to back you up include: rigging services to safely install bulky equipment onsite, specialty tool and ladder rentals by the day/week, blade sharpening, pool water testing, generator sizing assistance, specialty gas delivery, how-to clinics and more. Consider us an extension of your team – here to save you time and keep things running smoothly.

Giving Back to Our Community

Our owners, employees and customers aren’t just connected through tools – we’re connected because we care about our Minnesota community. We’re invested in its growth and future right along with you. That’s why corporate citizenship and charitable giving are ingrained as core values at Northern Tool.

We’re dedicated to using our resources as a business to assist organizations making a positive local impact across our home state. From donating equipment and volunteer hours to non-profits, to sponsoring community events and local sports teams – we love supporting worthy causes. Over just the past five years, Northern Tool, our employees and loyal customers have contributed over $500,000 back into our community!

Internally, we also foster a family environment and invest in our team members through benefits, training and growth opportunities. Our outstanding culture nurtures longevity, talent and passion so we can better serve you.

When you choose Northern Tool, you align yourself with a brand actively creating jobs, driving economic growth, and building a brighter future right here at home. Your business has a direct role supporting other Minnesota businesses just like you!

The Next Generation of Northern Tool

I hope after reading this you have a clearer picture of the Northern Tool difference and what we represent. We never settle as the premier dealer for selection, service and community support. After almost 40 years, I’m still humbled and eager to earn your business every day.

As we look to the future, I continue seeking ways to improve with investments in our stores, technology, inventory and employees. Some exciting enhancements on the horizon include:

Expanding our power equipment rental fleet for easy access to excavators, lifts, tractors and more Introducing virtual reality applications to digitally demo tools before buying Launching a professional trade loyalty rewards program with exclusive perks Remodeling stores to achieve more environmentally friendly operations
Developing northernstool.com into an ecommerce powerhouse optimized for mobile Bringing on new premium specialty brands to continue leading the industry

We can’t wait to reveal more details on these big initiatives over the next year! Know that Northern Tool will always be on the cutting edge providing you an exceptional customer experience paired with the products to bring your biggest ideas to life.

On behalf of our entire team, we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business today and in the future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or feedback on how we can better serve your needs. Let’s build something great together with Northern Tool!

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We offer a wide variety of products including power tools, hand tools, automotive tools, air compressors, generators, outdoor power equipment like pressure washers and log splitters, storage solutions, welding supplies, and more. Whether you’re a homeowner working on projects around the house, a professional contractor or tradesman, or an avid hobbyist, we have the equipment to meet your needs.

From major national brands to our own line of Northern Tool Equipment, you can trust us to deliver durability and reliability.

There are always great deals happening at Northern Tool! We offer competitive pricing across all our products and run frequent promotions and limited-time sales events. Sign up for our email list to receive exclusive coupon codes and flash sale notifications directly to your inbox.

We also have an affordable financing program called Northern Tool Credit Card that gives you extra discounts and easy payment options. With special financing offers happening all the time, it’s a great way to save even more.

We stand 100% behind the products we sell. If you need to return or exchange a new, unused item within 30 days of purchase, simply bring it back to any Northern Tool retail store along with your receipt and we will process your refund or exchange on the spot.

Items purchased online can be returned by mail by requesting a prepaid return label within 30 days of delivery. Please note that some exclusions apply for hazardous materials, customized items, and closeout merchandise. Simply check our complete return policy on our website or contact us if you have any questions!

We understand that receiving your products quickly is important, especially when tackling urgent projects. Orders placed on our website before 2 pm CST will typically ship same day if the items are in stock at one of our fulfillment centers. All in-stock items should ship within 2 business days at the latest.

When your order leaves our fulfillment center, standard shipping is between 3-7 business days for most customers in the contiguous US depending on your location. Expedited shipping is available for an extra cost for those times when you need something ASAP!

Yes! Northern Tool has over 120 store locations across 21 states in the central U.S. Visit our website to find the retail store nearest you.

Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions about products and use their expertise to make recommendations. The stores allow you to see and touch products in person before purchasing as well as take advantage of daily deals and other local promotions not offered online.

Come see for yourself why Northern Tool is the leading supplier of tools and equipment for the hardest working DIYers and professionals!