Another thumbs up for the Ariens 27 ton. My wife bought it for me this past Labor day weekend (Mama likes to be warm!), so I haven't had it long, but it's been splitting oak, rock elm and maple with no problems. Got the last floor model at a HD, knocked 10% off (=$1,430),they changed the filter & filled it with oil and hydro fluid, and I got 18 months same as cash. Got home, gassed it up (never had gas in the tank), pulled twice and that Subaru (Robin) motor started right up. Its a great unit - made in Wisconsin, America. I like the placement of the motor away from the work area and operator, and I like the lever in the middle position allowing me to work from either side.