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This reality series checks in with loggers on the Northwest coast of North America as they cut down trees and haul them away. The loggers in front of the cameras work in the Pacific Northwest of the US, Canada and Alaska. The series aired on the History cable network from 2008 to 2016.

History Channel
10 Seasons, 163 Episodes
March 9, 2008
Reality
5.5/10
Cast: Thom Beers, Jay Browning, Jesse Browning, Mike Pihl
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The battle for King of the Mountain all comes down to this. In Alaska, Papac Logging is barely holding on to their lead. With the skyline down, their chances of keeping King of the Mountain are fading fast. On the Rygaard logging site, it's going to take all three generations of Rygaards working as a team to have any chance at reclaiming the title, but the only question is can they set their differences aside? Shelby is under the gun to deliver his order on time, but he has a secret map to a possible stash of sunken logs that may be worth his time. Greg Chapman is doubling down with extra boats and men to retrieve what he hopes is a haul of legendary proportions. Down in the Mississippi Delta, after last week's disappointing visit to the mill, Gary and Eddie have one more day to save their company from sinking to the bottom of the swamp.

  • The Rygaard loggers return; Papac Alaska Logging continue to their last section; Gary and Eddie find out if their risk has paid off; Shelby Stanga calls for backup; and David Zitterkopf must come up with a plan to finish the job.

  • In Louisiana, a storm is about to hit and it's threatening to wash away the Swamp Man's hopes of filling a massive order.

  • A job in Alaska is endangered due to arguments. Also, Gabe's son finds out about rigging and is pressured too far; David Zitterkopf goes back to work in Wyoming; and the Chapman group returns to logging in Florida, only to run into a storm.

  • The Papac Crew is moving on to the most remote and dangerous site of their season. On the St. Johns River, Greg Chapman is losing money and desperately need to score big to get back into the black. Down on the Mississippi Delta, Gary and Eddie's new venture is becoming a nightmare. In the Bayou, Shelby is under the gun to fill his hundred thousand board foot order, but time is running out for the Swampman.

  • Papac Alaska delves deeper into their 7000 acre site, Joe and Coatsy hike out into the harsh wilderness to hatch a plan of attack for the next section of this massive project.

  • Gabe demands too much of his crew; Delta, Gary and Eddie want to cash in on green gold; in order to keep the people safe, the Swampman plays demolition derby. Also, Zitterkopf is at risk of pulling down the family empire; and the Chapman group think about insurrection.

  • Craig Rygaard, the head of Rygaard Logging, attempts to get his team back on track; the Swampman is pressured to make an emergency storm shelter for a treetop; David Zitterkopf's boy Levi receives a pertinent lesson in logging.

  • Logging legend Craig Rygaard shocks the Rygaard crew with an unexpected visit; the Zitterkopfs run into trouble tying to finish their biggest job ever; Papac takes on the Longest Yard unit.

  • Production increases in Washington with a fresh generation of Rygaard working; David Zitterkopf returns with his boy Levi to face their biggest; Papac's new unit pushes the team to the greatest test.

  • Rygaard ststart this season, Gabe is left with no choice but to call upon his son Aidan to step up and fill the family shoes.

  • The Rygaard crew are challenged as the weather gets hot and a forest fire is a threat; Joe still staggers after his injury; Greg retrieves an unusual double-barrel log from the St. John's River; and Swampman uses his Swamp Buggy to pursue a new client.

  • Gabe attempts to continue the business after his dad's career-ending injury; Papac Alaska attempts a big job on a secluded mountainous island; Greg searches for a missing logging train; and Swampman undertakes a hard job for a wealthy client.

  • Shelby discovers a rare historical item, which causes him to unite with a college professor in a journey to find lost treasures in the swamp.

  • Shelby the Swamp Man searches for the perfect logs driving him further and further into back country full of alligators.

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