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The Best Episodes of Ax Men 

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Updated October 13, 2018 475 votes 23 voters 155 items

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.

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Risk and Reward is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Lost in the Fog is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Black Friday is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Curse of Kalina is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Fists of Fury is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Davi and Goliath is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Man vs. Mountain is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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The Mouth From The South... is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Sabotage is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Log Jam is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Market Meltdown is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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The Reckoning, Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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This Means War is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Ax Stops Here is listed (or ranked) 18 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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A Frayed Knot is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Loggers Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 1 Episode 8: In the wake of the plummeting logging market, the Ax Men are barely surviving. The Gustafson bosses have a close call while taking over for their laid-off crew. An old hook tender returns to the Browning team, stopping Jesse's ascension to company management. Pihl loses a crucial member of the team as it struggles to finish Pig Farm.
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Eleventh Hour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 3 Episode 12: With only two weeks remaining in the season, the mountain is turned upside down. Browning bounces back, while Rygaard suffers a devastating loss. Jimmy's on thin ice at Collins, one of Conner's junior pilots is sent packing, and Shelby is rushed to the emergency room.
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Judgement Day is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 4 Episode 6: Logging country is turned upside down when one of the mountain's best bows out. At Papac, the men suffer under the reign of a new yarder operator. At Rygaard, it's machinery gone wild when a half-baked plan goes bad and threatens to take out a fellow man. In Florida, Jimmy and James are hunted by a venomous snake, while in Louisiana, Shelby is hunted by an old foe.
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Cowboy Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 5 Episode 5: Start-up outfit Big Gun Logging hits a snag as their deadline approaches. In Florida, Buck & Swilley make a run for the lead in the Log-Off while Jimmy deals with a crew crisis. Shelby Stanga enlists the help of a voodoo team to get his cousin's ghost under wraps. In Washington, a string of accidents on Craig's watch threatens to shut down the site.
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Gators & Hand Grenad... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Ax Men
Season 6 Episode 9: In Florida, the Dreadknots come face-to-face with one of the most fearsome creatures in the river, while over in the swamp, Shelby and Donna are putting his new paddle barge to work. In Washington, DJ returns to work but faces another battle with Craig.