We burn about 4-5 cord a year and live on 5.5 acres in Northern CT - plenty of good wood around here to fuel our stoves, everything from ash, maple, birch, oak to cherry and other hardwoods. My husband is dreaming of a wood splitter (right now he does all of our splitting by hand) and I would like to oblige for his Christmas present. I've budgeted about $1200-1500 for the splitter. I've seen a few posts about different splitters but for the money, what would you recommend? We don't have huge enormous logs but some big ones that having one that can go vertical or horizontal would be nice. Easy to maintain and reliable is another plus. We have a snowblower with a Briggs & Stratton engine that he likes, so I'm not overly keen on spending the extra for a Honda engine. And it needs to be something I can go and pick up with a ball hitch or rig to our tractor. Thanks!