I have done most of my splitting with a hydraulic splitter except for when I was a 10 to 18 years old and my dad could not afford a splitter. So, have not swung an axe or sledge hammer to split wood in some 23 years. However, I need one now to make some kindling and just to have around the house. Do not really feel like taking out the hydraulic splitter every time I need to make a little kindling or split a couple logs. I am 5' 9" and am debating between the X25 at 28" and the X27 at 36". Will the X27 just be too long for me to use efficiently at my height? Anybody out there my height using the X27. If it works, I would prefer it over the X25 for the additional leverage.