I would have to go with Hurst, they've been around a long time and have proven themselves time and time again.
I didn't know that. I might be slightly biased because ive used hurst only.
same here, i always thought hurst basically invented the jaws of life.
No "basically" to it. Hurst invented the original powered hydraulic extrication tool, "Jaws of Life" is a Hurst trademark. Literally, no other company actually makes the Jaws of Life, because the trademark is exclusive to Hurst.
Hale bought the trademark when they bought the Hurst company and product line.
Hurst made their first tool for racing rescue in 1963, according to their information that I linked below.