I had a coupon for $10 off on a bag of dog food to a ranch store that I had never shopped at. As I was walking in to buy my dog food they had this little 12 ton gas powered spliter on clearance for $300 regular price was $599 I know that people here have had good luck with the 4 ton electrics so I thought I would give it a go and see what it could do. I figured that worst case I could resell it for what I paid for it. I split about half a cord with it today and it works better than I thought it would. It takes it a couple of seconds to spool up to max psi on the harder stuff but it was faster and a lot less work than using a maul. It seems to be built pretty well with gussets at the wedge and ram mount so I'll see how long it holds up for the long term. I figure I can always replace a pump or hydraulic cylinder if they die an early death.