I bought an electric splitter from Tractor Supply last year.My use was to resplit pieces that were to big.It worked great for that. This year I cut down some dead trees on my property and with the exception of one section of a large 20" tree which I split in half first,it worked with out a hitch.It split thru knots and all.Worked for me as a great little spliter and cost less than $300.00. Seen them on sale for $199.00,of course that was after I had bought mine. Story of my life.Look in to them...Ray
Try to find a used one BUT make sure to test it before buying. Take our own wood if possible, like a piece of crotch Oak or stringy Hackberry. See if it will split an eight inch diameter by 24" long verticle and sideways. These are all good tests a strong splitter should pass. I built one in 1975, passes all the tests, and is still going strong.
Pay attention to the ton rating of the splitter and the HP of the engine.
If you divide the ton rating by the number of HP's - the lower that number the better. Also look at the quality of the engine. Hondas are great, B & S are fine, but some are much better than others (cast iron block, bearing type, etc.), watch out for 'no name' imports.
I bought a "Brave" from Central Tractor in 1993 for $999. It's a 20 ton, 6HP Briggs & Stratton and works great vertically or horizontally. Needed the carburetor rebuilt 5 years ago. I mainly split Oak, Maple & Hickory. No complaints about it. Larry Evans