For those of you (us) just starting out or only burning on the weekends I just wanted to post that while you can find a lot of great info on here on the higher end stuff sometimes it has been hard to find info on the more affordable equipment. That said, both my Echo cs310 and Homelite log splitter have done everything I've asked. Not the biggest or burliest but both have done the job. I cleared windfall, dropped a few small trees, cut and split about two cords in the past month or two, even scrounged some wood and both tools did their job. I'm new to this so take it for what it's worth, but if your budget can only handle so much and you did a forum search for either the saw or splitter and ended up here don't be afraid to buy either.