Thanks, I did get by Lowes and they have the TF on the floor. It look "nice" and is heavy. The owner manual was even there and still I can't figure out how the hydraulic piston works, it must "pull" the traveling ram part. One thing I am looking for is a splitter that will close the gap between the fully extended splitter ran and the splitter knife. My manual leaves about 12" and with fresh Birch (have due to storm damage) that isn't far enough to get the 18" log split. The fibers of the Birch just stretch across the opening. I see a scale on the TF side bar, does anyone know how far the traveling ram goes up that bar? From the little I know from looking at bottle jacks and the like, the travel can't be farther than the height of the "bottle", unless it is telescoped somehow. As said, I couldn't see the "bottle" on the TF at Lowes even though it was on the floor. Lowes is the closest to me (5 miles) then Home Depot (8 miles) and HD didn't have anything on the floor to look at, Tractor Supply (10 miles) and Harbor Freight (25 miles). So, Lowes is the nearest and I know they will stand behind the product.