After much debate about whether to rent a splitter for a day (as we've did last two years) or to purchase one, my wife and I decided to take the cheap route and purchase a Ryobi 4 ton electric splitter. The $1000 gas splitter from T.S.C. was what I really wanted, but unfortunately the funds don't allow for it this year. So I'm stuck with a "greenie splitter" right now. I'll have to admit I have my doubts about this thing, but I'm willing to give it a chance....maybe a 30 day chance, which is how long I have to take it back to Home Depot. Elk seems to like 'em, so what the hell. It's going to get a serious workout tomorrow with a truckload of 14"-18" diameter pieces cut 18" to 20" long. This stuff is tough ass wood. I'm talking HAIRY KNARLY here! I'm not even sure what it is, but one of my buddies has a whole yard full of it. He had 6 mature trees cut this spring and is giving me the wood. I thought it was Black Walnut (because of bark and wood coloration), but it's way too tough for Walnut. I have no leaves to identify it by as it was limbed out in March. Anyway, I'll have a load of some bigger stuff later this week with 20"-28" diameter logs we have yet to cut. The little "greenie splitter" has its work cut out for it. I'll update after testing.