6.9
125 votes
Ax Men

Ax Men

History 2008

The History Channel presents the first non-fiction show about the lives of the Pacific Northwest timber cutters and the dangers they face. From the same team responsible for Ice Road Truckers, this new series will take a look at the legacy of the pioneers who laid the foundations for future generations of loggers.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ax Men

Ax Men - S6E12

#1 - Calling it Quits (Season 6 - Episode 12)

In Louisiana, the Swamp Man attempts a daring rescue of his aging relatives from the rising storm waters. In Wisconsin, the Woodchucks don't make their deadline and their company hangs in the balance. S&S finally hits a honey hole with the help of Swilley's "brother from another mother." And In Canada, Hook tender Mike has finally had enough and calls it quits on Lemare.

The episode was rated 8.53 from 15 votes.

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Ax Men - S6E16

#2 - Hell or High Water (Season 6 - Episode 16)

In the Swamp, Shelby tries out a new assistant–and meets his match. In Florida, Brad has an MMA title fight–and wins himself a new assistant. In Canada, a new, inexperienced hook tender causes major chaos. In Oregon, the entire Big Gun crew heads out to cut the next road–in high winds. And at Rygaard, Craig drops a bomb.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 15 votes.

Ax Men - S6E7

#3 - Rock Slide (Season 6 - Episode 7)

Tempers are on the rise across logging country, and some are pushed to their breaking point. At Rygaard, Gabe faces a crew mutiny. At Lemare, the guys put their chaser to the test logging on a rock slide. In the swamp, Shelby and Belinda take to the open road to bring home a money log, and in Florida, James Smith lashes out against his own crew.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 13 votes.

Ax Men - S6E10

#4 - Goldmine (Season 6 - Episode 10)

In the swamp, Shelby puts his new toys to work and discovers a huge payday right in his own backyard. At Rygaard, runaway logs send Craig over the edge, while in Montana, Joe and Coatsy strike out on their own. In Wisconsin, the Woodchucks battle a crumbling wall and in Florida, Jimmy Smith says goodbye.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 19 votes.

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Ax Men - S6E11

#5 - The Hurricane Hits (Season 6 - Episode 11)

When Hurricane Isaac hits the bayou, Shelby Stanga must race to save his logging empire and neighbors. At Rygaard, a string of crew meltdowns sends the site into chaos. In Florida, Brad and Swilley struggle to get S&S back in the Log-Off after losing their captain. In Canada, Lemare faces an equipment breakdown that could end their whole season, and in Wisconsin, a major accident at the Woodchucks causes the site boss to quit.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 16 votes.

Ax Men - S6E13

#6 - The Aftermath (Season 6 - Episode 13)

At Rygaard, Gabe is desperate to fill out his shorthanded crew–and brings in someone very unexpected. In Florida, S&S' bad luck streak continues when they wreck their boat and get into a fight with the Dreadknots. Joe and Coatsy start roadbuilding–to catastrophic results, and then come up with a new plan to start their own company. And The Swamp Man tries to assist his neighbors and relatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 16 votes.

Ax Men - S6E18

#7 - Risking it All (Season 6 - Episode 18)

In Louisiana, after Shelby and DaVi have an argument, Shelby makes it up to DaVi by giving him a very unusual gift. In Washington, Gabe Rygaard rushes his crew to finish the site, which leads to careless and dangerous decisions. In Montana, Joe and Coatsy get a job–in Alaska–and have no way to get back. And in Florida, Brad decides to take a risk and dives into a river cave looking for logs, but gets trapped and has to be rescued by his enemies.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 20 votes.

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Ax Men - S6E8

#8 - Shelby's New Toy (Season 6 - Episode 8)

As the season gets more competitive by the week, it takes more than ever to stay on top. In Louisiana, Shelby is building his new empire one big toy at a time. In Florida, the men of S&S Aqua Logging deal with last week s fallout. In Washington, DJ suffers an injury that could take him out of the season, and from the Midwest comes a whole new kind of logging.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 15 votes.

Ax Men - S5E12

#9 - Burning the Bear (Season 5 - Episode 12)

In the swamp, the battle between Shelby Stanga and his nemesis Richard comes to a head. On the river, Buck and Swilley's boat goes boom. At Big Gun, one of their greenhorns shows his dark side. And at Papac, Joe and Coatsy bury the hatchet.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 19 votes.

Ax Men - S6E4

#10 - Put Up or Shut Up (Season 6 - Episode 4)

As the season picks up speed, not everyone can keep up with the pace. At Rygaard, odd man out DJ Jeremiah is pushed to his breaking point. In Alaska, Coatsy boots Joe Linderborg from his seat in the yarder, but the consequences could prove deadly. In Florida, The Dreadknots find themselves on the wrong end of a falling log, and in the swamp, Shelby and his assistants fight to claim the biggest Cypress of the season.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 15 votes.

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Ax Men - S10E10
#11 - Untethered
8.10
Season 10 - Episode 10

Jason Rygaard races to clear a hillside in time to fill four logging trucks; Jay R Harkness fights to control the untethered Tigercat on a steep, snow-covered mountainside; Bucking Billy and his son Hogan battle a forest of hang-ups and widow-makers.

The episode was rated from 42 votes.
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Ax Men - S6E5
#12 - Cage Match
8.09
Season 6 - Episode 5

Tempers have reached a fever pitch in logging country. At Rygaard, three years of tension between Craig and DJ comes to a head. In the swamp, the Swamp Man is on a special mission for wife Donna. At Papac, the end of the North Thorn site may mean the end of their season. And in Florida, the Dreadknots are in the line of fire, while Jimmy Smith takes a final ride down the river.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Ax Men - S5E13
#13 - Where's Willy?
8.06
Season 5 - Episode 13

On the mountain, Gabe's two-yarder plan goes further off track when one crew member defects to the other team. Big Gun races their tightest deadline yet, while in Alaska, Joe and the new guy get into it. On the river, an accident could take S&S out of the Log-Off for good, and in the swamp, Shelby's trusty assistant Willy goes missing.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Ax Men - S1E13
#14 - The Final Haul
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 13

The loggers toughest season begins to wind down; Jesse begins to wonder about the family business; rumors begin to spread, to the other crews, that the Gustafson crew is pulling out.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
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Ax Men - S2E9
#15 - Fresh Meat
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 9

The crews receive some new loggers. Then, a search is conducted when a cutter disappears. Also, tempers flare among the aqua loggers.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
Ax Men - S4E18
#16 - Final Countdown
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 18

It's time to finish the season strong. In Florida, the Log-Off is locked in a dead heat, and with Joe and Swilley sidelined after sinking their second boat, Jimmy and James are poised to take the top spot. Swamp man Shelby Stanga's log buyer is due in the morning, but a bite from a water moccasin may kill his plans for success. At Rygaard, Craig kicks Dave off the landing, but one moment of inattention could be the end for former chaser. At Browning, the crew battles a patch of tangled timber, and north of the border, the men of Lemare are racing to stay ahead of winter storms that could shut them down at any time.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
Ax Men - S6E14
#17 - Unlucky Charm
8.00
Season 6 - Episode 14

In the Bayou, Shelby goes on a treasure-hunting mission, and ends up in a race against Belinda. At Big Gun Logging, Jesse's lesson on the whistles almost takes Luke out. On the river, S&S continues to struggle, while the Dreadknots' lucky charm gets destroyed. And at Rygaard, Dave's arrival turns the site upside-down.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
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Ax Men - S6E15
#18 - Slippery Slope
8.00
Season 6 - Episode 15

Shelby finds a legendary old grave site and the crew has an accident. Big Gun has yet another yarder accident and Levi decides to make some major crew changes. Brad and Swilley are the victims of a prank and they lose yet another assistant. Joe and Coatsy are having a tough time keeping steady work, while at Rygaard, Craig and Gabe attempt to bury the hatchet, and Dave is forced to eat some humble pie.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Ax Men - S5E15
#19 - Up in Flames
7.94
Season 5 - Episode 15

As the season enters the homestretch, everyone is risking more to stay on top. Jimmy Smith braves the depths of the Suwannee River for the first time in three years, but his fears may get the better of him. In the swamp, Shelby also takes on an old enemy--the log that flipped his winch last season. In Montana, the boys of Siderius are playing fast and loose, while at Rygaard, the crew pushes their yarder to the brink of disaster.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Ax Men - S5E20
#20 - The Ax Stops Here
7.93
Season 5 - Episode 20

It's the nail-biting conclusion of the race to be crowned King of the Mountain. While Papac battles to bring their yarder operator back from the brink, Craig Rygaard forces Gabe to choose between him and Dave. At Big Gun, Levi drops a bomb, while in the swamps of Louisiana, Shelby's in a desperate race to find swamp gold. And in Florida, the Great Suwannee River Log-Off comes to a close, but when Jimmy doesn't like the results, he takes matters into his own hands.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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Last updated: nov 16, 2022

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This show is far too "reality" TV now. It was better when it was closer to a documentary style, like the earlier Deadliest Catch seasons. In recent seasons, there is a distorting influence on the contrived "Log Off" competition that saps all the realism and authenticity out of the show. The bottom line (should be) that these are real people doing real work to fill real logging contracts. That ought to be enough. Some of the crews (esp. the river logging, and maybe some situations with Shelby) work might be totally contrived by the show production (i.e. not logging for any real customer). You can tell the done-for-TV fakery all around the edges if you watch closely: sweetened audio, etc.

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