I'm having second thoughts about getting a gas splitter. I've got a 30-ton Harbor Freight unit on order but I can cancel until they ship it (12/1). I figure I use about 4 cords or so a year. I believe log lengths are available here by truck load-not sure of cost savings. I have an electric splitter (4 ton) that worked well on wet hemlock, but I think that's pretty easy. I'll probably scavange some around the house but don't think I'll be investing in a truck to scrounge further (trailer?). Even if the cost for the splitter ($1000) spread out over a bunch of years isn't that much of a big deal, is the loss of garage floor space worth it for 4, maybe 6 cords a year? I imagine the gas splitter would be a big help on hard to split stuff. Trying to split a truck load of oak might be somewhat tough with just a maul and 4 ton electric, but I'm not so sure. I'm not getting any younger, so this would be something that could be more useful as time goes on. On a related topic, should I get a little trailer (towable by a car) for light weight scrounging and to take the place of a small pickup for lightweight hauling? It'd be cheaper... Waddya think?