The two-handed operation of my Ryobi splitter is driving me nuts. I understand the safety reasoning behind it but I need to do something else. Although the specs state that it willl split up to a 10" log, it is capable of far more than that provided that larger logs are "nibbled" away at. Problem is, sometimes these larger rounds must be held on the splitter by hand. So if one hand is on the log it only leaves one to operate the controls. I know that at least one member has installed a toggle switch for the motor power and I wil do this if necessary. What I would rather do, however, is install a foot switch that is "on" when stepped on and "off" when released. A local store has just such a foot switch but it is only rated for 15amps. I have a couple of questions. 1. Does the machine draw more than 15amps continuously? If it only draws more than that on start-up the pedal may be able to handle it. 2. If the machine does indeed draw more than the pedal is rated for, will the machine be damaged or only the pedal? The pedal is $15 so I would be willing to experiment at the expense of a pedal. If there is a possiblilty that the splitter motor will be damaged I will take the safe route and install the 20A rated toggle switch. Thanks for any input.