Got a portable Hitachi t/s 5 yrs ago, and have used it to rip and
otherwise mutilate truckloads of dimension lumber for stuff all about
the house, besides "buzzing" stove-wood (oak/maple/birch/etc.) for fuel
for almost all heating, in CT. Still behaves as if new. What more
would you like to know than that?
Being able to buzz stove-wood to < 10" is a _huge_ help, to feed
efficient stove _slowly_. Just wouldn't be pracitical w/chainsaw, for
safety, and for waste of wood to chips.