Hi all, it's been a while since I posted here. I've been burning wood for a few years now and have my system down pretty well. I find however that splitting wood by hand is getting a little difficult as I am not getting any younger. I would like to purchase a wood splitter and would like to know what you folks would recomend. My property is has a river valley running through it and there is an abundance of ash growing through it, some of it very large I plan to pull the splitter down to the wood with my 4 wheeler and block and split it on site, then haul it back to the house in a trailer behind the 4 wheeler. I have been doing this already just without the splitter and is has been working well. I will probably end up going to a city to pick up a splitter unless I can arrange to have one delivered. There is a limited choice here, Home Hardware sells Echo brand and there is a Menards store across the border from the town I work in that sell an MTD brand splitter. The MTD has a cast iron wedge which I am unsure about. I know there is a lot to consider like cycle time and tons of force and such but I don't have any experience at all with them. Some of the ash especially the larger diameter stuff near the butt of the tree is a real "bear" to split, as hard as I can swing my maul it will just bounce off!! Any advice would be appreciated.