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There are so many good episodes of Ax Men, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Curse of Kalina" the best, or is "Lost in the Fog" your favorite episode of Ax Men? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Ax Men are, let's rank every Ax Men episode from best to worst.

Ax Men on History is a reality TV series that highlights the dangers of working in logging crews and covers the states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, Louisiana, and Florida. Ax Men was cancelled after nine seasons, concluding in 2016, nearly seven years after its debut on March 9, 2008.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Ax Men, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Ax Men episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Lost in the Fog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 7: The mountain seeks its revenge. Weather traps R&R's helicopter pilot in the fog. Trees fight back against Pihl's timber fallers. Rivers mount their defense, threatening to rip Jimmy Smith's barge in half. At Rygaard, logging is turned upside down when they move to a new downhill logging site.

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Risk and Reward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 2: Just days into the fall logging season, the Ax Men are already being put to the test. J.M. Browning races to meet a big deadline. Stump Branch Logging tempts fate by jury-rigging their old equipment. The Gustafson Company races mother nature as they attempt to build a road to access their logging site.

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Risking it All is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
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.

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Davi and Goliath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 8 Episode 12: Shelby Stanga is still without his jet boat, but fortunately he has his trusty assistant Davi and his Go-Devil to pick up the slack.

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Fists of Fury is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 6: It's a fight to the death between Shelby Stanga and a massive standing tree. At Rygaard, the bad blood between Dave and Fernando boils over. In Alaska, Papac's men are on the run when two machines get tangled up while in Florida, Buck and Swilley raise the stakes. And in Montana, the newcomers from Siderius Logging are gambling on life and limb.

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Curse of Kalina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 10: Jimmy and James come face-to-face with the 12-foot gator that has stalked them for weeks. In the swamps of Louisiana, Shelby goes solo on a challenging mission. At Rygaard, greenhorn Dave disappears and at Browning, a string of setbacks makes Jay question if the Kalina job is cursed. The rookie pilots at Conner get the ride of their lives.

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Log Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 10: In the bayou, Shelby goes diving in gator infested waters. Up north, rivals Rygaard and Oakes square off on a way road and a Rygaard driver is nearly killed when his truck flips.

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The Mouth From The South is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 15: There's a new crop of loggers in Ax Men country... but fitting in with the old guard ain't easy. In Louisiana, a beauty queen quickly pushes all of Shelby's buttons at once. At Lemare, Steve and the greenhorn butt heads that ends with one of them quitting. In Florida, S&S's newest deckhand gets more Jimmy Smith than he can handle.

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Man vs. Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 1: Deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, rugged men make their living doing one of the deadliest jobs in the world. Their mission is to retrieve timber on mountainsides too steep to access with machines, but it's no easy task. Plagued by mechanical failures, relentless weather, and unpredictable terrain, these brave men risk their lives retrieving the timber with which we built our country.

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Sabotage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 3: It s week three and logging country is falling apart. In the swamp, Shelby must rely on niece Stephanie and cousin Belinda to do his dirty work. At Rygaard, the rigging guys formulate a plan to get rid of DJ.

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Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 6: Logging giants throughout Oregon are falling. Two of the biggest - J.M. Browning and Gustafson Logging - are fighting to survive. Jay Browning, usually flush with lucrative deals, is forced to make tough decisions. Gustafson Logging is down but not out. Smaller outfits, like Stump Branch and Pihl, find winning strategies in their young leaders.

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Assault by Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 8: The loggers struggle to get back on track after losing a man. At Browning, a weak cable threatens to kill half the crew, while the only remaining greenhorn at Rygaard is in the line of fire during a log-alanche. Shelby's camera crew gets lost in the swamp overnight. In Florida, Jimmy and James set out alone and score the season's first big catch.

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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 10: Thanksgiving is over, but the return to work brings more trouble for the Ax Men. Back from a devastating two-week layoff, the Gustafson crew now faces a nearly impossible deadline. As the deadline at Pig Farm approaches, half of the Pihl crew skips work, leaving greenhorn Cody to pick up the slack.

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The Reckoning, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 13: As the logging season winds to a close, the drama heats up. Conner fights off defeat, while the men of Pihl fight each other. Jimmy's barge refuses to budge, and for Browning and Rygaard, eleventh hour catastrophes send the competition down to the wire.

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The Ax Stops Here is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
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.

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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 14: From coast to coast, logging companies are willing to do anything to stay on top. At Browning, the crew gambles on a slipping skyline. In the bayou, Shelby puts his swamp buggy to the test pulling one of the biggest logs of the season. At Rygaard, Craig mounts an assault to get rid of Dave.

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A Frayed Knot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 7 Episode 9: The Rygaard family is back on the mountain and firing on all cylinders, until new yarder team Oakes Logging crashes onto the site, challenging Gabe face-to-face for the title of King of the Mountain.

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Market Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 5: The Ax Men are reeling from the news of upcoming layoffs. While Gustafson Logging tries to get back on track, Browning races to meet a big deadline. Pihl Logging is now under the gun to finish their Pig Farm job, and to find more work. Despite Melvin's best efforts to keep up with his old equipment, Stump Branch loses one of its most important machines.

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Up in Smoke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 18: With three weeks to go, the final race to be King of the Mountain is in full swing. In the swamp, Shelby's chasing buried gold in Lake Ponchartrain. In Florida, a surprising end to the log-off forces sudden death.

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Clash of the Titans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 2 Episode 11: The gap between winners and losers is narrowing. Rygaard's new greenhorn battles to prove himself, while Conner Aviation's substitute pilot gets wild with the chopper. Dwayne Dethlefs leaves Pihl Logging high and dry, while the Aqua Loggers are sunk by bad weather. At Browning, Jesse's crew tries to catch Rygaard's lead.

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King of the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 13: The season's exciting conclusion. It's an all-out fight to the finish for Browning and Rygaard, as Gabe mounts a last minute surprise comeback. Shelby vows revenge on the lake log, and at Conner, it's up to the junior pilot to save the season. In Florida, it's the end of the road for Jimmy, but Joe Collins makes James an offer he may not be able to refuse.

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Damage Control is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 2: Swamp Man Shelby Stanga is hired to remove a log from private property, but complications lead to disaster. Infighting reaches a fever pitch at S&S Aqua Logging, while the competition has a run-in with Mother Nature. A familiar face returns to Papac, much to Coatsy's dismay. Gabe Rygaard takes Dave out cutting, but things go awry. And the rookies of Big Gun Logging are adding to their ranks.

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Man down is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 17: As the logging season winds down, the pressure to produce, heats up. In Alaska, a family emergency takes Mark from the yarder seat and with no time for a shut down... Papac calls on the only guy with experience running the massive machine: Joe Linderborg. Meanwhile the men of Rygaard are feasting at the Honey Hole, pulling big wood and riding high.

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Fallout Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 10: As the season reaches the halfway mark, logging country is feeling the pressure. In Florida, Swilley gets hooked in a pile of rusty metal while Jimmy and James ride a wave of high times. At Rygaard, Gabe puts his entire crew on the line when he decides to fall standing trees from directly under the skyline.

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Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 19: Across logging country, the final push begins. At Papac, Joe Linderborg's reign on the yarder has everyone running scared. At Browning, Jay receives devastating news that could mean the end of his career. On the Suwannee, S&S and Collins almost come to blows over a pair of logs.