Northern Tool and Equipment sells a huge variety of products as of 2015, including air compressors, generators, winches, water pumps and welders. The company also sells farm, electrical, safety, automotive and logging equipment along with many other products.
Northern Tool and Equipment offers more than 40,000 different products from over 1,500 brand names. The company carries products from major brands such as Milwaukee, Husqvarna, Carhartt, Honda, and Briggs & Stratton. Customers can view the entire Northern Tool and Equipment inventory either online or by requesting a free catalog from the company. The website also has a tool that allows customers to search for the nearest Northern Tool and Equipment store in their location. Owned and operated by the Kotula family, including the company's founder Donald Kotula, Northern Tool and Equipment operates more than 85 stores across the United States.
Based in Burnsville, Minnesota, the company's original name was Northern Hydraulics, as it specialized in selling hydraulic valves and cylinders, as well information on how to use log splitters. In 1991, the company launched its own manufacturing business under the NorthStar brand, which builds air compressors, log splitters, pressure washers and generators. After expanding the business, it then changed its name to Northern Tool and Equipment in 1998.