Hello, Let me start with the question: should I get the DR 5 ton (last year) for about $450 delivered, or the 4 Tons Ryobi for about $320 (inc. tax) ? (Maybe none?) Background: Is the extra 1 Ton and (assumed) better quality worth the $130 for the DR? I own DR's mower and snow thrower, so I'm quite familiar with their good products. However, I'm not sure if they worth the extra $$ in this case. Although I have access to my in-law's 32 ton splitter, it's a hassle getting the wood there or borrowing and towing the splitter (they live about 45 min away). So, I'm looking for something that will save my back (read: avoit the hand work), something that will split most of my wood, and leave only the very stringy/knotty stuff to haul to the big splitter. Another way of looking at it: say I have a pile of logs to split, and they are your average mix: some knotted, some not, different sizes, etc. How much service can I expect from these electric splitters? That is, are they likely to successfully split 50% of the pile and make me take the rest to the 32 ton unit? 75%? 90%? I know that there's a lot of assumptions that can be made here, but given YOUR experience with such electric splitters (which is infinitely higher than mine -- since I have zero...) -- what is your best guess? Looking forward to read your input, and thanking you in advance! Zevi.