I started off thinking that I could split by hand all the firewood rounds I'd collected so far this year. After spending weeks of evenings swinging the maul I'd barely made a dent - not to mention adding three new truck loads to the pile. So last weekend I rent a 22 ton splitter - What a dream! Now it's going to be hard to go back to man power knowing how easy a splitter is! Here are before and after photos from my first hydraulic endeavor.