Rented a 24 ton splitter for $ 60 and split 3 cords in about 9.5 hrs. It could be used either horizontal or vertical. I can't tell you how great it was to just sit and split. I didn't like the stand vs a jack stand - it was extremely heavy to lift onto the hitch and move around. One tree I scrounged ( the rounds with the brown centers near the splitter ) must be sweet gum, because it was all stringy. I used the splitter on all the rounds - and I will finish it off with a saw. This picture is when I was just getting started and took a break for lunch. My 3 year old is in the picture - but my 10 year old actually enjoyed operating the splitter and watching it work. Who ever created a splitter is a bonifide genius and deserves some sort of national notoritety. I'm eating crow - thinking I could hand split all this.