Ax Men

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  • 2008
  • 10 Seasons
  • 5.6  (1,370)

Ax Men is a reality television series that premiered on History channel in 2008. The show follows several crews of loggers who compete against each other in the logging business. The show documents their daily struggles and challenges as they cut down trees, haul logs, and transport them to mills for processing. The series is produced by Thom Beers, who is also known for producing other popular reality TV shows such as Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers.

The show features several different logging companies from the Pacific Northwest, each with their own unique personality and approach to logging. These companies include Jay Browning Logging, Rygaard Logging, Pihl Logging, and Stump Branch Logging. The show also features individual loggers such as Eric Dutcyvich and Mike Papac, who operate their own independent logging operations.

Jay Browning Logging is led by Jay Browning, who is known for his no-nonsense leadership style and his reputation as one of the most successful loggers in the Pacific Northwest. Browning's company is based in Washington and employs a large crew of loggers who work together to extract timber from some of the toughest terrain in the region.

Rygaard Logging is another company featured in the show, led by Craig Rygaard. Rygaard is known for his daredevil approach to logging and his willingness to take risks. His company is based in the mountains of Washington state and employs a smaller crew of loggers, including his son, Gabe.

Pihl Logging is led by Mike Pihl, a former firefighter who turned to logging after his department was shut down. Pihl is known for his focus on safety and his commitment to providing stable employment for his workers. He runs his company out of Oregon and employs a crew of dedicated loggers.

Stump Branch Logging is a smaller company, run by S&S Aqua Logging. The company is led by a father-son team, Bruce and Zeb Hogan, who specialize in underwater logging. They extract timber from the underwater forests of Louisiana using special equipment and techniques.

Eric Dutcyvich runs his own independent logging operation on Vancouver Island. He focuses on sustainable logging practices and has developed his own innovative methods for cutting down trees that minimize damage to surrounding forests.

Mike Papac is another independent logger featured in the show. Based in Oregon, Papac is known for his hard work and dedication to his craft. He uses specialized equipment to extract timber from some of the most remote areas of the Pacific Northwest.

Throughout the show, viewers are given an inside look at the logging industry and the daily struggles that loggers face. The show also highlights the impact that the logging business has on the environment and the efforts that companies are making to minimize their impact on the ecosystem. The dangers of the job are also highlighted with frequent accidents, injuries, and near misses.

Overall, Ax Men is an exciting and engaging show that provides viewers with a unique perspective on the logging industry. The show's success has led to multiple seasons and spin-off shows, including Ax Men: Road to the Rockies and Ax Men: The King of the Mountain.

Ax Men is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (166 episodes). The series first aired on March 9, 2008.

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10. Untethered
September 12, 2019
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.
Snappin' Trees
9. Snappin' Trees
September 5, 2019
Jason Rygaard hauls trees while braving the weather. Wade struggles to control his track cutter.
Man Down
8. Man Down
August 29, 2019
Rygaard Logging races to complete four settings and three yarder moves in a single day so they can stay on schedule and on budget.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
7. Measure Twice, Cut Once
August 22, 2019
Danny Pihl relies on the experience of veteran cutters Dwayne and Chuck to take down massive old-growth trees. Craig Rygaard discovers son Jason made a catastrophic and costly miscalculation. Frank Harkness races to transport $100,000 worth of logs from his frozen jobsite down the mountain on ice-covered logging roads and Buckin' Billy takes cover from a storm and finds a rare, vintage, power saw.
6. Whiteout
August 15, 2019
A breakdown forces Jason Rygaard to choose between his crew's safety and finishing the job; Frank Harkness is caught in a whiteout while moving the excavator on a narrow mountainside logging road; Wade Etienne finally tests his six-wheel, custom-fabricated, log-hauler; and Buckin' Billy tests his son, Hogan, on a solo cutting mission 100 feet above the ground.
The Longest Road
5. The Longest Road
August 8, 2019
Rygaard Logging fights to fix a crooked skyline, crossing a deep valley on their longest road yet. Danny Pihl pushes himself physically and mentally while running his first jobsite on his own. Frank Harkness' fast work ethic proves too much for his equipment while on a steep, snow- covered mountainside and Wade Etienne doubles down on a risky plan to custom fabricate a one-of-a-kind log-hauler.
Steel Knot
4. Steel Knot
August 1, 2019
Danny Pihl gambles on horsepower to untangle a massive steel knot that's shut down the job site. Rygaard blows out the cobwebs as the company begins logging on their massive, new job. Wade Etienne battles rising mud, trying to get his logs off the job site and Buckin' Billy's forced to take down multiple trees at the same time.
Uphill Battle
3. Uphill Battle
July 25, 2019
Brandon Harkness fights his way up a mountainside in the 29-ton Tigercat; Mike Pihl get his 52-ton yarder lodged between trees; Wade Ettiene's "Big Mama" takes a two-inch steel sawtooth to her face; and Buckin' Billy's son Hogan loses his grip while cutting a tree 60-feet off the ground.
A Legend Returns
2. A Legend Returns
July 18, 2019
Mike Pihl looks for help from a logging legend; Jason Rygaard faces a big test as the new boss and his father Craig's future at Rygaard logging is questioned; The Harkness crew battles winter storms and vertical terrain in the Cascade Mountains; and Wade Etienne goes after valuable hardwood giants with custom machines in Indiana.
Back to the Woods
1. Back to the Woods
July 11, 2019
The Ax Men return, facing tougher conditions than ever before. This season, industry titans Pihl Logging and Rygaard Logging tackle some of their most challenging jobs yet, attempting to thrive in a turbulent industry. Newcomer Frank Harkness makes a name for himself, logging where no one else will, and Buckin' Billy Ray takes to the tree tops of Vancouver Island, risking his life to keep other people safe.
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Ax Men is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ax Men on demand at Disney+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, History, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 9, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    5.6  (1,370)