Hi guys & Gals! Hope you all had (some of you are probably still having) a nice & toasty winter. My neck of the woods here in Long Island got hammered pretty good during Hurricane Sandy. I myself lost 4 good size red oak trees and everywhere around me there are plenty of large sections still on the ground. My neighbor gave me 4 of his oak trees, he was not going to use it. My neighborhood is still cleaning up and I'm taking some additional loads, its a shame to see whats being hauled away cause no one is taking it, there is just so much of it around. In any case, I need to get a log splitter & was wondering if anyone had some good suggestions. I'v rented one in the past (a 27 ton Troybuilt), but I have so much wood that it doesnt make sense to rent anymore. A new Troy Built is going for $1,600.00 at the local dealer, I was hoping to keep it in the $1,200 hundred range, it comes with a Honda motor. Aside from the price I thought the unit, when I rented it was a fine piece of equipment. Are there other brands/units I should/could be considering? Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. As a side note, there is still tons of wood to be had, I'm a little hesitant about taking more as people are telling me it will just start to rot, I thought if it was off the ground and covered it should be ok, is this a reasonable assumption?