Billy, that is the one I want to built for my pole wood. Having the splitter on the shear might not be ideal for large diameter wood but for poll wood it should be just the checkers. I would figure out a way to auto cycle the cylinder, with an E-stop of course. I've seen other splitter/shear schemes; one with very short splitters on both sides of the shear looked interesting. Also the welded on splitter would stop the shear from cracking in the middle. But that cracking problem might be just the shape of my Chomper shear. I think this all in one design is the way to go.
Fell, limb and buck with an axe. Then skid to the shear with the pole wood skidder. That way, no chain saw needed for pole wood.