OK, that is really good to know!!! I am going to put a bug in my husband's ear, I couldn't find prices for a rental place by us but we live in a big area, I am sure there is competition for rental equipment, and a high demand for splitters, so surely...! Thank you!! @MaggieTruVexed: rental of the splitter for 24hrs was 66$.! It is due the same time I rented it, though I went for a whole week. If you rent at noon you can do a few hours one day and a few the next. I did a full cord in 1 hour yesterday including set up, but not stacking, with a friend setting the logs near me but only me on the machine. Pretty fast. 1 gallon of gas seemed to get through 4-5 cords. I am in medium physical shape for a chick in her 50s.
Today...I clear the porch area for my energy logs. The ones I will actually burn and not build with! Tuesday the splitter goes back and I pick up the 'north idaho energy logs'. I MIGHT go with a half ton this year since we expect a warmer winter and I have some left from last winter as well as lots of construction scrap. Usually get a ton. Equal to a few cords of wood but stores in 4'x4'x4' space...half cord of space. Also not buggy, burns clean, and easy to regulate the rate and temp of burn.