Choker setter

A choker setter or choke setter is a logger who attaches cables to logs for retrieval by skidders or skylines.[1][2] The work process involves the choker setter wrapping a special cable end (choker) around a log and then moving clear so the yarding engineer (e.g. skidder operator) can pull the log to a central area.[3][4] In clearcutting, fallers will typically cut down all the trees and limb and buck them into logs before the choke setters and others arrive to remove the logs.[5][6]

Choker setters at work attaching a log to a skyline in Cowlitz County, Washington (October 1941)

Radio controlled

Old chokers were made of metal. New chokers are safer, quicker and thus more productive. They are also radio controlled.

See also


  1. United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. United States government; Volume 2570.
  2. McEvoy, Thomas James; James Jeffords (2004). Positive Impact Forestry: A Sustainable Approach To Managing Woodlands. Island Press. p. 165. ISBN 1559637897.
  3. Bellamy, Stanley E. (2007). Running Springs. Images in America. Arcadia Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 0738546798.
  4. Crutchfield, James A. (2007). It Happened in Oregon, 2nd Edition. It Happened In. Morris Book Publishing. p. 97. ISBN 0762744812.
  5. Philbrick, Frank; Stephen Philbrick (2006). The Backyard Lumberjack: The Ultimate Guide to Felling, Bucking, Splitting & Stacking. Storey Publishing.
  6. Salisbury, Mark (2008). Ilearning: How to Create an Innovative Learning Organization. Wiley; International Society for Performance Improvement. p. 101. ISBN 0470292652.

Further reading

  • Cremer, Clyde H.; Jeffrey S. Creme (2008). The Complete Guide to Log Homes: How to Buy, Build, and Maintain Your Dream Home. p. 36.
  • Miles, DJ (2009). Prindles and Prindels of Clinton and Franklin Counties, NY and Their Allied Families. AuthorHouse. p. 223. ISBN 1449042406.
  • Ross, John (2004). Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left. Nation Books. p. 79. ISBN 1560255781.
  • Stanley, David; Elaine Thatcher (1999). Cowboy Poets and Cowboy Poetry. University of Illinois Press. p. 276. ISBN 978-0252068362.
  • Vaillant, John (2012). Am Ende der Wildnis: Umweltaktivist oder Ökoterrorist? (in German). Random House.
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