I've always hand split, but I'm starting to have some physical problems from it now so I'm thinking about buying a splitter. I've only used one once, and it was a very large friends unit powered from a tractor. I don't have a tractor so I'll need a self powered unit. I looked at the Huskee 22 ton at TSC last night, they have it priced at $1099, it seemed nice but I have no idea what it is capable of. I would like to spend as little as possible as I really wasn't expecting this expense right now, but I don't want to buy something too small or too cheap that I will regret. I usually cut my wood in 16-18" lengths, and like to split to fairly small pieces for better drying and easier loading. I don't have my own place to cut wood so I pretty much take what I can get from scrounges ect, so sometimes my pieces have a lot of knots or are pretty large. Will this be able to handle what I need? How do you do very large rounds in a splitter like this? Do you split it on one side then rotate the round 180 deg and split it on the other side? I've been watching Craigslist for a used one too but no luck so far. Thanks for any advise you can give!