well tonight i had to cut this 20'' cottonwood to try to make up a 1/3 of a cord and i had the trusty 024 with new chain. well it took foerever to cut so i thought hay this will make my grandparents some good night wood so i threw it off to the side. well tonight i went out and i was going to split it for them so i got the splitter goin. once it was nice and warm i hauled the round over put it up on the splitter then pushed the lever forward i heard this crack. it wasnt the kind of crack i am used to hearing but it sounded like a crack from a really hard piece of wood. so all i thought was oh so i stopped the ram then i leaned against the round so it couldnt shoot back and hit me. then it cracked since i was leaning up against it when it popped all the force was delivered straight into my gut oh man it felt like somebody had just hit me me with a forging hammer. i had to take a breather because it actually knocked the wind out of me. after that i still had to split the round into smaller pieces and i was pretty nervous about whether i was going to get hit again but luckily nothing happened and now its keeping the house at about 80.