Searching for the right rope for your job can be overwhelming. Over the years, manufacturers have produced a variety of ropes for a variety of jobs. Each rope has unique strengths and weaknesses. Particular ropes are well suited for certain jobs and not others. Some ropes have a wide range of capabilities, but there is no “one size fits all” rope. Don’t let the variety scare you. You need the right rope for your job. Here is a guide to some of the most common ropes including their strengths, weaknesses and which one will be right for your situation.
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The natural strength and all around utility of manila rope has made it the standard for quality rope. Manila rope consists of all-natural hemp fibers. This creates aesthetic appeal commonly used for decorative fences or other landscaping purposes.
Because of susceptibility to liquid absorption and UV decay, the user should be careful of sustained tension on the rope especially when exposed to the elements. Manila’s absorbing quality makes it the first choice for many physical activities that require direct handling of the rope. For such purposes as tug of war, climbing, obstacle courses or stage rigging, manila rope absorbs perspiration providing better grip. This rope will not hazardously snap back when broken as other synthetic ropes may. For a quality natural rope that is aesthetically appealing and safe for active handling, manila rope is an excellent choice.
Positives: Visually appealing, snap-resistant, low-cost.
Negatives: Not UV or water resistant, may harden or rot over long periods of time.
Most Common Uses: Pulling, decoration, landscaping, rigging.