I share a splitter with my brother that lives 30 miles away. I took it back to him about 2 weeks ago because I thought I was through with it for the season. There is a huge Red Oak almost right next door to me that is down and the owner told me to take what I want and what I don't take, he's just going to push into the woods with a dozer next Fall.. I've already got about 11 cords stacked so I'm not desperate for wood. I've been slow at work (seasonal ) and I've been desperate for something to do outside. I drive by that huge Red Oak laying on the ground everyday that even has a driveway going right up to it and think, It just doesn't get easier than that. So I decided to go get a few more truckloads and hand split it. I haven't split by hand in many years. I split a whole truck load ( small bed ) in less than an hour and actually enjoyed it. I went and got 2 more truck loads and split them. I wouldn't want to have to depend on splitting by hand but it was actually enjoyable. It helped that it was Red Oak which splits easy.