I've had that exact same one for 2 years. The GC190 is an easy starting, fuel sipping small engine, its 5.5-6hp if I am correct.
If you are splitting for yourself, seasonally, its a good buy at that price, I paid $1000 for mine 2nd hand, 3 years old or so. Get the log cradle and the 4 way wedge, should run you another $100-$150, I forget what that wedge cost me now. Use a tap to chase the holes on the beam before installing, I switched to grade 8 bolts and hardware.
The 17 second cycle time may concern some, but what is the hurry, its plenty fast as is, I believe this one has the 11 gpm pump, the 35 ton has the 16 gpm pump. It has the 4 1/2" cylinder, and a 6 gallon reservoir, I have often wondered if you could put the 16GPM pump on one of these, I have seen similar specifications, same size cylinder and reservoir, with 16gpm pumps, not sure if its worth the gain on speed, could be if you work with another person CAREFULLY. I have split green black cherry with the 4 way wedge on, softwoods and so on, its a nice size unit, and will split the toughest crotch, burl or what have you. I have split recently a dozen or so 30-40 year old elm, the worst of it was no problem,it will hunker right down and push through it, as well as shearing through on the gnarliest of the crotch or burl. TSC carries parts for them. Small tires, no fenders or lights, slower road speed when towing, its just fine for my use, and I have access to lots of wood on the 98 acres here and over the line with permission, to my benefit, none of those people burn wood, so the clean up is appreciated, I could use a processor there is so much right now, but the 28 ton Huskee by Speeco is just fine. Speeco has a nice line up, many with Honda engines, they seem as good as any in this class of splitter.
This post was edited by Billy NY at 08:15:12 12/17/13 2 times.