New Hurst Jaws of Life(r) JL-500 5,000 PSI Cutter

Shelby, NC – The new Hurst Jaws of Life® JL-500 5,000-psi cutter features a blade design engineered to address the larger diameters and stronger metals being encountered by rescuers today. Unlike traditional rescue cutters, the forged shock-resistant steel blades of the JL-500 offer greater cutting capability near the fully-open position where it’s needed most and eliminates the tendency of the tool to rotate into the passenger compartment.

The JL-500 cutter blades feature three distinct cutting angles which are crucial when cutting the ultra-high-strength press-hardened Boron sheet metal and Martensite Boron Steel found in large diameter A, B and C posts of modern vehicles. With maximum compressive forces in the near open position, as the JL-500 blades begin to close the press-hardened Boron sheet metal and Martensite steel cracks and fractures. As the cutter continues to close, blade angles change resulting in improved draw of the post material to the strongest cutting area at the rear of the blades.

All Hurst Jaws of Life cutter blades, including those on the new JL-500, feature a forged shock-resistant tool steel that has been uniquely heat treated using a four-step tempering process, which makes the blades dent and chip resistant while maintaining blade ductility. This is crucial when cutting today’s high-strength steels.

The JL-500’s extrication capabilities include passenger and over-the-road vehicles, structural collapse, aircraft egress and hundreds of other real world challenges. The JL-500 is fully equipped with built-in safety features, such as dead man controls, hand-guards, and preset internal relief valves.

Hurst Jaws of Life JL-500 Cutter Technical Specifications:


  • Weight: 47 lbs.
  • Blade Opening: 7.3 in.
  • Length: 43.4 in.
  • Width: 11.3 in.
  • Height: 8.4 in.


For more information, www.jawsoflife.com.

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