Since I am getting ready to purchase my first new stove, there is one other area that I don't know anything about; that being log splitters. I am wanting to see what many of you are using (brands), along with how well you like your current model. Is there any type/brand to stay clear of? We will be splitting mostly soft pine, but occasionally (if were lucky), there is a possibility of some oak; although it is very hard to find here. I've seen log spliters antwhere from $199.00 (foot pump) car jack type models to $1,300 harbour freight Robin gas engine 24-30 ton models. (NOTE:, I am usually very sorry with my purchases from Harbour Freight but it seems that their 30 ton log splitter may be an exception?) Are their any less expensive models that work well?? $300-$500 ?, or do I really need to step up and pay over a grand for a good one? As always, your input is much appreciated.