I have infinite respect for those who can wield an axe and split wood by hand. I am not one of them. Honestly, it scares the crap out of me. I've had nightmares about over swinging and chopping off my leg. My oldest, he loves to split wood, but not ten or more cords of it at a time. We need this wood chopped now, to keep us warm in the months ahead and with orders to fill for the holiday season, we just didn't have time to attempt hand splitting. Hence, the hydraulic splitter. Borrowed from my little brother, this beast can split ten cords in one weekend, and you can even wear your pajamas while doing it!