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Rope Terminology
Manila -

The fiber of the abaca - a species of banana plant grown almost exclusively in the Philippines -  is processed to become manila rope. The abaca is also grown in Central America, Sumatra and Borneo. They suit the demands of shipping, construction and agriculture. No. 1 Manila is a general purpose rope best suited for jobs where economy, strength, and durability are necessary. It has great resistance from mildew and agricultural deterioration.

Sisal -

Sisal is the fiber of the agave sisalana used for making cordage and rope. May also refer to the Henequin or Agave Fourcroydes, a plant native to Yucatan, Mexico.

Sisal rope made of high-quality sisal fiber is of excellent strength, resistance to acid and alkali, and resistance to wear and to low temperature. It's widely used in navigation, petroleum exploitation, mining, fishing, lumbering, architecture, communication and civil use.

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Polyester -

ice as strong as Manila Rope, Polyester is about as strong as Nylon. It retains full strength even when wet, a major characteristic that makes Polyester particularly suitable for holding ships at dockside. While it is slightly resistant to some alkalis, it is strongly resistant to acids. Furthermore, it is not susceptible to deterioration caused by rot, mildew, or moisture. Its specific gravity is 1.36 and its abrasion resistance is approximately the same as that of Manila Rope. Polyester is a rope for varied uses. Good for mooring, rigging and industrial plant use, it is used as fish net and bolt rope, rope sling, and alongside towing hawser.

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Polypropylene -

Almost twice as strong as Manila Rope, it does not lose strength even when wet. With a specific gravity of .91, polypropylene is the lightest of synthetic ropes. It can float indefinitely. Although it has only half the stretch ability of nylon, polypropylene has elastic properties that approximates that of polyester. Polypropylene  rope has been employed effectively as: mooring or hawser line; anchor line; towing line; utility pull lines for tension stringing; fishing rope; target tow rope; heaving line; barrier rope; life lines for rafts and floats; water/snow ski tows; and as industrial slings.

Nylon -

Nylon is one of the strongest of the synthetic fibers used in rope manufacturing and is considered a "miracle" synthetic fiber. Nylon is an excellent, high quality rope with wonderful elasticity. It is far superior to Manila Rope in percentage of elongation. Nylon is more than twice as strong as Manila Rope of the same size. Superior resistance to most acids and alkalis is another outstanding characteristic of Nylon. Among the heaviest of natural and synthetic fibers, Nylon's specific gravity is 1.14. Its abrasive resistance is good. Nylon is ideal for use as bow-to-stern towing hawsers; surge lines; mountain climbing ropes; safety lines; lariat ropes; boat falls; drop hammer ropes; target tow ropes; fishing ropes; and industrial slings.

Sash Cord -

Sash cord generally a solid braid cotton with various fiber cores for low stretch.

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Last updated: 9/26/2005