World’s Best Hi-Lift Accessory is Back – The JackMate

If you have a Hi-Lift jack, you need a JackMate. Designed by Tim O’Connell, a veteran firefighter, the JackMate allows the Hi-Lift jack to be used as a “Jaws of Life” type tool as well as an 8000 lb clamp, to attach a chain or Shackle to the jack for pulling, to straighten items like lower links, and as a none slip base.

The JackMate has been unavailable for some time as Rescue 42 Inc. redesigned it. The previous JackMate was manufactured in China from two cast parts that were then welded together. The new JackMate is made from three parts that are laser cut and then welded together. For those that want to buy American, the JackMate is now fully manufactured in the U.S. at Rescue 42, Inc.  

New JackMate on Left

The JackMate still has all the features of previous versions, as well as adding a wire fence pulling slot (can also be used as a bottle opener).  The new JackMate’s clamp surface is made of ¼” diamond plate steel and does not have the ridges of the previous version which will make it harder to get a good purchase on a round surface. Rather than a galvanized finish the JackMate is now powder coated and available in “Black Silver Vein” or “Fire Engine Red”.  This current finish will be more prone to chipping and rust, however if you are concerned about the rust it can be quickly fixed with a rattle can.

Clamp Surface - New on top


Using the JackMate

The JackMate slides on either end of the Hi-Lift Jack and is fixed in place using a quick release pin. The Jackmate now includes a Quick Release pin to replace the cotter pin that holds the Hi-Lift base in place. When the using the JackMate on the base of the Hi-Lift the Hi-Lift base place is removed and the JackMate is slide on to base end.

Using as spreader

When using the Hi-Lift on rock or ice the stock base tends to slip. Replace the base with the JackMate and JackMate teeth will bite in to the ice or provide better contact on rock. The teeth also provide a good purchase when using the jack for spreading

As no slip base

Using the JackMate to replace the Hi-Lift top clamp provides much greater clamping strength. When using the Hi-Lift for winching or pulling the JackMate provides strong attachment points for a Shackle or chain.

Used for winching

If you use the new JackMate in sandy environment like the Utah desert you will need to be careful with the new quick release pins. Sand will tend to muck up the quick release balls and the pins may not stay in place.

It is fantastic to see this key Hi-Lift accessory back on the market. The JackMate is available directly from Rescue 42, Inc. and a number of retailers. The retail cost is $39.95 and is money well spent.



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 


  2 comments for “World’s Best Hi-Lift Accessory is Back – The JackMate

  1. October 5, 2009 at 8:39 AM


    Thank you for your excellent review of the new version of the JackMate! I noticed that you had a couple of areas of concern, and I thought I’d clear them up.

    The new “top plate” is made of steel diamond plate with a “ski ramp” nose instead of the Chinese-made “three bump” version. You were concerned that the new version might not grip round objects as well as the Chinese-made version. In testing we found that the new version has a much better grip on all surfaces and provides a more secure zone to prevent loads from sliding off the top plate, which had been a complaint about the Chinese “three bump” version.

    We changed the pin due to numerous complaints that the pins kept getting lost when the cotter would get bent, fall off of the retaining cable, and cause the main pin to slip out and disappear. The ball detent pin is quicker to use, and the cable lanyard is now permanently attached to the JackMate, making it much harder to lose the pin. The ball detents have been tested in all kinds of extreme conditions and we have not heard of any reports of clogging or failure.

    We have switched to powder coating instead of galvanizing. While powder coating is more expensive, it looks MUCH better. As you mentioned, a quick shot of spray paint will cure any serious scrapes. I do not know of any brands of lift jacks that are galvanized either, and no one seems to have any problem with them. We know that there are thousands of our original yellow painted JackMates still in service without problems.

    Again, thank you for the great review! We are happy to be producing the JackMate back in our rescue equipment factory in Northern California, and we are also proud of the fact that it is American-made of American steel.

    Be safe!


  2. October 5, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Thanks for the feedback…. I do like the speed and ease of the new pall pins. I will be replacing my cast version with the new JackMate. Seems that rolled steel is always stronger than cast.

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