And our 20 ton MTD with 5 hp B&S engine has split well over 200 cord and is over 20 years old. And I'd bet there have not been more than 4 logs split horizontally on this machine. Downside is you can't use a log lift? To me that is an upside! It is no more difficult getting a log onto a vertical splitter than onto a log lift! In addition, I believe most log lifts sell for $800 or more. So why spend $800 if it is not needed. As for getting those big rounds onto the splitter, that is where you use cant hooks. If you are cutting logs that heavy for sure you need a cant hook after you cut the log so it is not any additional expense. A cant hook can be man's best friend at times. As for sitting on a milk crate all day; definitely if you don't sit right it can be uncomfortable. The way I do it, there is no discomfort and the best benefit is that I can use leverage to help turn the logs. If it is not the right height that you want, raise or lower it! That is simple enough. I tried sitting higher but it definitely did not work as well. But if all you want is to stand while splitting and have a cool tool, then get the log lift. It is your dollars. There is absolutely no problem splitting a round that is cut on an angle. It is simple and easy on a vertical splitter. I split a goodly number of logs every year and have never had a problem doing it.