well I finally broke down and bought one. I have done a tone of research and basically found if you don't want to spend about 4k or more then the absolute best bang for your dollar the huskee 22 ton log splitter. it will do horizontal and vertical splitting which is great for the big chunks. Another great thing about this splitter is they make a 4 way wedge for it. cuts a lot of your work down. I have had it for 2 days so far and am super impressed. I have already split about 2 cords of wood with it. some super knotty ash, mulberry, and even some oasage orange. also some super green sycamore. it busts right through like nothing. it will split logs up to 24 inches long and I don't think there is a limit to the width lol. if you heat your house with wood and have a lot that needs split up this is a great option. I'll post up some youtube videos that others have made on it, just to show the stuff this monster can split. one you you high speed moderators or internet folks embed these for me please. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but I click share, embed and then copy the link but it doesn't freaking work lol.
I know it's not gun related but I figure there is probably some folks out there looking for a good splitter.