I don't know about the cheapo ones sold at TSC. But I do have a 20 ton electric splitter that I like. Splits about as fast as a gas model, and I can walk out in the coldest weather and split a few pieces without worrying about it not starting. My wood pile is next to the shed with 220V available so that's not a big deal. I don't think it's any quieter than a gas model however.