I'm thinking of getting a log splitter and splitting the cost with a buddy of mine. Between the two of us we use about 10-11 cords a year. I'm thinking of going with a 27 ton troy built with a 5.5 hp honda motor from lowes. Anyone have any experience with this? Will this be enough to do real knarly crotches? Do troy builts last? http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=119598-270-24AF572B711 I have a 20% off coupon from HD so I hope lowe's will honor it. That will knock the cost down close to a grand. The other thing were thinking about is renting it to friends. Alot of people burn by us and rent splitters. They go for 100-110 for 8 hours. We were thinking about renting it for 50 bucks a day and 75 for the weekend. Save our friends some money and also help pay off our initial outlay. My question is, how idiot proof are splitters? Do we need to worrry that people are going to do stupid things that could do damage to the splitter short and long term?