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I changed all my 1/2" lines to 3/4" lines to hopefully speed things up. The 2 stage pump is a 1/2" fitting and the darn 36" cylinder is 1/2" fittings but the hole inside the cylinder is barely 1/4". It made no different at all. I had my splitter in the shop doing some other upgrades on it ( I just installed auto cycle a few weeks ago) I made a bigger cradle to stage the logs and I was standing there thinking that a floor board to rest my foot on while I wait for the cylinder to retract would be handy. Then I thought that's crazy I really need to speed this thing up. I'm planning to remove the cylinder and get it sent out to be drilled out for true 3/4" fittings and lines then maybe a bigger engine and pump? Has a 13 hp with 15 GPM 2 stage pump on it right now. It is fast enough but I've improved everything else so much that the cycle time seems slow again. This is a 4 1/2 hour pile of 32" splits.