I'm soliciting for opinions on the best splitter that can be had (not built, but purchased ready to run) for $1500. I want to buy in the next few weeks, not watch Craigslist for several months (already done that, and anything clean is within a few hundred $ of new). Intended use is 14 cords per year for three years, and then 7 cords per year after that, trying to get three years ahead and then maintain. I think I would value a fast cycle time more than absolute tonnage, as I can always rip the unusually big or difficult stuff with the saw before (or in lieu of) splitting, but could be convinced otherwise. I buck everything to 20", so I'd want something that can handle at least 22" length. With a driveway currently full of 30" - 42" rounds, and another few trailer loads of similar stuff waiting to be dragged home, I guess you could say I need something that can go vertical and handle larger stuff. A 4-way wedge is useless, for most of what I'm splitting. Was just looking at the Troy-Bilt 27 ton, but the 19 second cycle time seems soooo slow!