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Ax Men (History Channel) 1 7.14%
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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What's Your Favorite TV Logging show?

Discovery Channel has a Swamp Loggers marathon going this weekend. Not exactly traditional July 4 activities, but interesting to watch folks w**k really hard to earn their way in life while I relax.
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Just turned to it. I watch a lot of stuff on History and Discovery, but I have never seen this show. I have seen Ax Men. I'll vote later this weekend after I watch 12 hours or so.
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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I don't like either one. I think maybe these are "guy shows"? They sure don't seem interesting to me, anyway.
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I've never watched either show but I just got cable back and have 2 DVR's. I set it to record 2 shows of Axe Men and 6 shows of Swamp Loggers today so I will vote late tonight or tomorrow
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Since I am a tree farmer, these shows are required educational (?) material.

Both shows have too much show biz. Logging is dangerous and serious work without the show biz.

I prefer "Swamp Loggers" because it seems more real to me. I prefer the way it stays with one crew. The competition is between the forest and the men and women rather than some contrived competition dreamed up by a TV producer.

"Ax Men" is very heavy on show buz. The TV producer contrived competition and dangerous situations among loggers in Alaska, Canada, Oregon, and Florida is truly comparing apples and oranges.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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I voted for Swamp Loggers. I watched 2 episodes of Swamp Logger then I was planning to watch 2 episodes of Axe Men. I couldn't make it thru the second episode though because I couldn't stand the people. I won't watch Axe Men again but i'll watch the other episodes of Swamp Loggers that i'm recording tonight.
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I don't like either one. I think maybe these are "guy shows"? They sure don't seem interesting to me, anyway.
How long did you watch? Dawg52 will watch 12 hours before rendering a critical judgment. Can you do less? (One day I will probably watch these myself, and revisit this thread.)
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How long did you watch? Dawg52 will watch 12 hours before rendering a critical judgment. Can you do less? (One day I will probably watch these myself, and revisit this thread.)
About thirty seconds? It didn't take long...
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How come you excluded American Loggers? I think it is the best of all 3 shows.

I voted other cuz AL would be my favorite. All 3 are entertaining and all 3 have things about them that I like. I have watched every single episode of all 3 shows since every show debuted. I've been really interested in logging and fascinated by heavy equipment especially off road machines since my teen years. W2R is correct, these are guy shows mostly.

Swamp Loggers is really amazing in so far as the terrain they go through and those "clam bunks", never heard of those maybe they're a southern machine? Those huge flotation tires really allow them to go through some really wet terrain. Bobby Goodson looks like a really decent guy to work for.

I've learned a lot about logging in the northwest and Alaska watching Axe Men. I like the multiple stories, yeah it is a bit more show biz than the other 2. Those 2 sets of nuts in the south are something. Jimmy Smith from S&S Aqua Logging from Washington or Oregon is a psycho, not sure why his son James stays in business with him. He's a real SOB, I'd have smashed his head in with a logging chain a long time ago. And speaking of SOB's there's Craig at Ryggard, man he makes Satan look laid back! The other southern outfit, the one man crew Shelby Stanga, he's crazy. The things he does are not the actions of a sane person! I wonder if it's for the cameras but something tells me that guy was acting this way before they started to film him.

American Loggers is my favorite because it's in my part of the country and I can relate to the weather and conditions they work in. I especially like the fact they have good footage of their equipment especially the road grader they use for plowing snow and grading roads. I'd love to drive that baby! The Pelletier's seem like reasonable guys to work for but many of the people they hire are pretty useless. Guess the picking are poor in the back woods.

As you can see I am well versed in all 3 shows. They are great and I love them all! Thanks for this thread!
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How come you excluded American Loggers? I think it is the best of all 3 shows.
What channel, day, and time is that one?
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American Loggers finished their season several weeks ago. IIRC it only ran 4 or 5 weeks! Typically these shows run 8, 10, 12 weeks. AL will probably resurface again.
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American Loggers finished their season several weeks ago. IIRC it only ran 4 or 5 weeks! Typically these shows run 8, 10, 12 weeks. AL will probably resurface again.
What channel? Maybe they will have reruns.
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Ax Men. I don't need two or more different logging shows to watch, one's enough, thank you.

I think Ax Men should be shown in High Schools. Shows what may happen to many if they don't get an education.

I get a kick out of Shelby Stanga in the swamps. The guy is so good-natured and wacky. Takes good care of his dog, too!

James (the son) in S&S mentioned in an early show that he had been going to Junior College, but dropped out to try to help his dad, and keep him out of trouble. Bad bad move, James! The father, Jimmy, should be force-fed meds by the pound.
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I have to admit, I never expected to see a poll on one's favorite
TV logging show.

Even having never seen any of them, I'll be so bold as to venture
Michael Palin has them all beat in the general lumberjack awesomeness category.
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I don't watch these shows - sorry.
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Oh 2-3 minutes. I'm actually a tree hugger so the show offended me.
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What channel? Maybe they will have reruns.
American Loggers, sorry I can't recall. For sure it is either the History Channel but I think it is Discovery. If you Google it I'm sure you'll see which channel.

BTW, I don't think Stanga takes that good care of his dog. Yes he loves that dog to death I agree 110% about that but he lives in a swamp and he never gives the dog heartworm medication, he had it at the vet cuz it was close to death. heartworm is a deadly problem and one that is easily prevented with medication. That's really not taking care of your dog. I think there are a lot of mosquitoes where he lives and works. Add to that he does not feed the dog dog food, the dog eats what it catches! I have seen every show of Ax Men and I was shocked when these were revealed. I do think he's a character and he appears to be good natured unlike Craig Ryggard or Jimmy Smith. Those 2 are a$$holes squared!
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For fans of the various logging shows, tonight Bobby Goodson returns on Swamp Loggers starting a new season. It is on at 10 pm and midnight on The Discovery Channel.
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