We tackled the woodpile today with a rented, 9hp, 34T splitter. It never whimpered and after about 7 hrs work, we had 2 cords split. My two boys were a great help. Of course today had to be the hottest day this year for us, but we persevered and by evening the weather started shifting and cooling down. Bad news though. A lot of the free maple I got last summer appears to have sat in a swamp. It was still soaking wet in spite of our dry spring. I split the wood smaller to help it dry out, but I suspect it is going to take a while to really be burnable. Bummer. It looks like I may be buying a cord of wood pretty soon for next winter. Oh well, we have two nice cords ready for the following season.