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

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]

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.

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