DH's chainsaw is a Stihl 440 magnum commercial and yes im sure he has a 41" bar on it now and has for the past 2 yrs. His saw is not like the new USA made ones it is one made in germany and built for commercial use to be used day in and day out for loggers, when needed. It is a very heavy bodied saw so if your cutting wood all day most people wouldnt use a 440, just happens to be the only one we own.41" bar!!!!! I would not touch that either. Hmmm, you sure about that, what I find says 32" max (which is still way more that I would ever touch). Mine is just a little 16" and it is a Stihl homeowner easy start type.
He also owns a 7' two man bar that fits on the same saw but he doesnt have another 440 for the other side of it. I am very scared to see it running.My husband says they make 5' bars. You can see them on YouTube, and it's terrifying!
We cut dead standing Ash, it is ready to burn as soon as you get it on the ground which is why we cut it. Emerald ash borer killed all the Ash in Michigan, so for the past 5-10yrs everyone has been cutting it for ready to use firewood. Cedar can also be burned right away but we dont use much of that to much creo.Didn't realize the wood hadn't been cut down yet. It won't dry enough to burn well if it is cut now unless it has been standing dead a few years. I've never cut a tree down either, just cut up a couple of trees that had dropped but were held up not too far off the ground in another tree.
Do you have another source of heat for the house?
Another hmmm. If it takes 1 to 1.5 hours to start the tractors, I have to believe there is a mechanical issue. No farmer would depend on something for his/her livelihood that took that much time to start. I realize older things don't run as well as newer ones (me being a good example ). Maybe ask about them out on the www.tractorbynet.com or www.tractorforum.comforums?? There have to be some people out there that could help troubleshoot given a good description.
Again no personal knowledge but I would bet that he will lose the use of his hands before 10 years if he doesn't stop doing things that cause/aggravate the CT. Yeah I do know he can't stop working for a living.
Oh yes...it worse when he has to drop trees that scares me a lot. The only thing worse is when he has to climb birch. Birch rots from the inside out so the tree can appear fine and he can be climbing it and it seems fine but then suddenly snaps, he always charges more to drop birch for people when it has to be climbed vs the charge to drop any other same size tree.7' bar? That's terrifying! My husband used to sell Stihl and Echo chainsaws. I won't even run a chainsaw, they freak me out. So all cutting jobs are his by default!
We don't have a tractor either. Makes things more than a little bit difficult sometimes!
Ironically the massey is the only tractor the guy owns....he uses it for field work so as long as he isnt doing crops or hay we get to use it and luckily he only lives 2 miles from us. The ford owner has several different tractors but none are in jump on and ride condition just none so bad as the ford...which is why we get to use it. The length we get to use them varies though, sometimes it is a few days and sometimes they leave the tractor there for a few months.Ah, I had ASSUMED (silly me) that you owned the tractors. Clearly the people that own them don't use them much or they would at least improve the start time. I don't have the money to buy a tractor right now either. Sure would be nice though.
A 2 man chain saw with 2 power heads and a 7' bar?? I don't think I even want to see that in operation. Talk about scary!
Damned Emerald Ash Borers Ash is such a nice wood, splits almost like butter. Glad at least if he is hand splitting it is nice straight grained ash, not rock maple or twisty stringy gnarly elm. You don't even try to split elm up the center. Glad too that the wood is ready to burn soon as it is cut.
Okay, I have a suggestion (for what it is worth, maybe nothing). Since it IS ash, get a couple of splitting wedges (I bet you already have them) and a hand sledge (which you also probably have) and split the smaller diameter blocks. You won't need to raise it overhead and risk dislocating your shoulders. Once the wedge is holding in place, you can 2 hand the sledge. When I have split ash, it typically popped apart by the time the sledge/wedge was halfway down the piece, often sooner. Not like birch, especially white birch. That "elastic" bark will hold the halves together and they trap the wedge. I've had to use a hatchet to split the bark along the split in the wood to get the pieces separated.
Every little bit helps, right?
Ditto on everything!