Harbor Freight Background Information
Harbor Freight Tools is a privately-held discount tool and equipment retailer, headquartered in Calabasas, California. Founded in 1977 by Allan Smidt and his wife, the company originally began as a small family-owned business that mailed out catalogs to customers. Over time, Harbor Freight has transformed into a national chain of retail stores catering to the needs of the value-oriented customer segment, who require tools for occasional use or a one-time job.
The product assortment at Harbor Freight includes power tools, hand tools, automotive tools, generators, and a variety of tools for welding, woodworking, and more. Their products are targeted at a range of customers, from do-it-yourself homeowners to professional tradespeople. Known for offering a combination of low prices and frequent sales, Harbor Freight has earned a reputation for affordability. While the tools offered may not always be the highest quality or most durable, they provide a cost-effective solution for customers who do not need top-of-the-line equipment. In addition to its retail locations, Harbor Freight also maintains a significant online presence, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of their own homes.