Hey there.. I've been chopping wood for years now the ole' fashion way and will continue to do so.. I do enjoy it and its great exercise, but I gotta say.. Its get'n harder on the body each year.. In order to get after the volume of wood I need each winter (2 cords).. It really is time to get a splitter.. I've never used one before so I'm looking for some tips.. The diameter of many of the raw pieces are a good 24+ inches around.. What's the minimum hp/tonnage recommended for reasonable speed and the strength.. Any other "make sure it has this, or doesn't have that" features to keep in mind?.. Thanks!