Timber wolf is a great splitter. Their quality is second to none that I know of. They are a little pricey but well worth the extra money. The TW-2 (i think is the model) should be with in your price range. The additioal options you might be able to get with that (i dont know about other brands) auto cycle, 4 way wedge, and i think they have fast cycle. The auto cycle is cool cause you can set both levers and deal with the wood, the machine splits all the way down and returns automatically. Ready for you to start over. Just watch your hands. But thats with any splitter.