Well after 3 years of burning and splitting by hand I finally did it. Dad decided to take down his Cottonwood due to the mess it leaves everywhere. The perfect excuse to justify buying a new toy. I checked around for a month and after reading much info on many sites I decided on a SpeeCo 25 ton. 10.5hp Briggs and 12 sec cycle time. Resonably priced at Farm and Fleet for $1279 then if you apply for a Farm and Fleet card you get 10% off instantly so out the door for $1151 plus tax and fluid. Tried it out tonight and I am pleased. It is fast! I had borrowed a few others and they worked OK, but SpeeCo has this one matched perfectly. How did I ever get by this long without one. Just gearing up for fall and thought I would pass on what I think is a solid performer.