It's all in how you operate it. I can split about a cord in 2hrs starting with 20"-30" rounds. I can set myself up so that once I start on a round I don't have to move until it is completely split, keeping my foot on the foot control the whole time leaving both hands free to feed the unit. mine never has time for the head to fully return, this saves a lot of time if the head is only moving back and forth 4-6".No hate here. Have a 4 ton in the basement for the odd re-splitting. If it serves your purpose, that's what matters. They are slow vs. others, which may or may not matter to someone.