I have enjoyed (to a certain extent) splitting my firewood by hand, it's a nice workout, I get to be outside, and get to feel all manly. However, with a 21 month old and both the wife and I working full time, I ain't got the time to get ahead as I'm planning. I'm set for this year, but starting up next years wood now. I was toying with the idea of building a splitter, I've got access to the shop/tools/knowledge, but don't have the parts laying around, it would have added up. Literally 1 hr after I decided to buy rather than build, a Huskee 22 ton popped up on Craigslist. The thing is in excellent condition, a few marks from errant logs, but really good. Heck, most of the paint was still on the wedge. The posting initially said $725 which I wasn't too crazy with, but it changed a few hours later to $650. Then it changed to $625 over the phone saturday night! The guy pulled the add after I talked to him because "my phone wouldn't stop ringing". Got to his place at 9 am Sunday and took her home! I guess I'm the most stereotypical/run of the mill firewood cutter in my area. Got the extremely common Huskee 22 ton, and the extremely common Stihl 290. My stove is rather obscure though. It's an "Englander", model "NC 30".