I agree. Not worth the guilt and "I told you so" from your wife if something went amiss.
A splitter is too dangerous to fool around with.
The proper term escapes me at the moment, but the valve on my splitter works where on the return stroke you just hit the lever and don't have to hold it. The lever kicks out at the end of the return stroke. The few seconds it takes the cylinder to retract is enough time to grab another piece of wood and put it in place.