Thinking about buying a new hydraulic splitter. Have been sharing my dad's, but it is a pain to drive the 30 minutes each way every time I need it. Plus, it is 15 years old and it will be nice to have a backup should that one break like it did last summer. Anyway, I am thinking about going with the Speeco vertical/horizontal 35 ton Honda powered splitter for around $2,200. The cycle time is 15 seconds on it. Have no idea what the cycle rate is on the MTD Yard Machine 20 ton splitter my dad bought 15 years ago. Would I be better off getting the 28 ton with a 13 second cycle time? Will I really notice the 2 second difference in cycle time? Most of the time I have been splitting with my dad. Would say about 75% of the time. Should I be looking at a splitter brand other than Huskee/Speeco? Am also thinking about a kinetic splitter, but hate thinking about having to lift the logs onto the splitter. Maybe just take them off the truck and onto the splitter somehow.