KMS Tools

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Coordinates: 49°14′05″N 122°52′15″W / 49.2347542°N 122.8707594°W / 49.2347542; -122.8707594

KMS Tools & Equipment Ltd.
TypePrivately held company
Founded1983; 38 years ago (1983)
HeadquartersCoquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
Key people
Stan Pridham (founder)
ProductsIndustrial, Hobby
WebsiteOfficial Website (English)

KMS Tools & Equipment is an industrial distributor that carries a huge selection of tools, from high quality heavy-duty professional tools to value-priced occasional use tools. KMS is a Canadian retailer of power tools, woodworking, metalworking, construction equipment and C.A.R parts (which stands for custom and restoration). It was founded in Coquitlam, BC in 1983 by Stan Pridham. It continues to be 100% Canadian and BC owned and operated by Stan Pridham who lives in BC.


As of September 2017, KMS Tools operates 11 stores[1] across Western Canada. The company offices and distribution warehouse are both located in Coquitlam with the main store, car parts and the service department. In 2016 KMS tools launched a series of new stationary woodworking tools under their exclusive brand Magnum Industrial name. These replaced the older "green" General International tools from Taiwan they had carried since they acquired House of Tools. KMS Tools also publish a monthly 48-page flyer that they mail to their club members, (Monthly Flyer).


KMS Tools follows a retail store format with an industrial sales staff for education and larger accounts.[2] Because of its large automotive enthusiast customer base, KMS has also run a Show & Shine out of its Coquitlam location since 1995.[3]

In 2009, KMS Tools took over the BC operations of the bankrupt former House of Tools.[4] In addition to gaining a store in Langley, KMS opened its first stores on Vancouver Island.[5]

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As of September 2017, KMS has stores in the following locations (in order of date established):

British Columbia[edit]



  1. ^ Google Maps: KMS Tools Canada
  2. ^ KMS Tools - Industrial Sales
  3. ^ Vancouver Sun - Show & Shines
  4. ^ FYI: Some House of Tools Stores Closing
  5. ^ "Victoria Times Colonist: KMS Tools moves to Island". Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2010-05-14.

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