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Manila rope is a very durable and flexible rope material, making its use essential in a wide variety of industries. Manila rope is used in fishing, shipping, ranching, construction, architectural, climbing and agricultural environments. Read More…

Manila Rope Manila rope is a specific type of cordage made from hemp fibers and commonly used in a variety of industries due to its strength and resistance to sunlight and saltwater.
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Sellersville, PA  |  888-218-6366

Since our beginning in 1967, we have had experience designing, manufacturing and distributing the highest quality braided ropes and cords. Braided ropes and cordage are produced in all common fibers.

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CSR Incorporated $$$

Waterford, PA  |  814-323-7495

At USA Rope, our goal is to serve customers with the best quality product along with the most responsive service in your industry. We offer custom bulk dyneema rope, spectra rope, winch line systems, and more. All products are made with the latest technology and made in the USA to ensure consistency and longevity within our bulk manufacturing. To learn more about our services, contact USA rope today!

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USA Rope & Recovery $$$

Chester, PA  |  610-494-2378

Whitehill Manufacturing designs and manufactures a wide variety of high performance rope products that are used for marine uses such as oil tankers, crude carriers, war ships, cargo ships and towing vessels. Visit our website for further information.

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Whitehill Manufacturing Corporation $$$

Fall River, MA  |  508-678-8200

New England Ropes proudly serves more markets than any other rope company with marine rope, arborist rope, climbing rope, safety & rescue ropes, industrial & utility ropes, equine ropes, entertainment ropes. Only the finest fibers go into these innovative products designed & tested for the world's most harsh conditions, from mountain to sea. Trusted by the most discriminating customers since 1967.

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New England Ropes $$$

North Vancouver, BC  |  604-985-7673

You can’t beat the Donaldson Ropes promise. With over 40 years experience, Donaldson guarantees the right rope from a large selection of industrial, recreational, agricultural, arborist, marine, theatre & stage ropes & cordage customized for your use, ensuring complete satisfaction and safety every step of the way. We know our ropes, cords & twines, and our name is as strong as our rope!

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Donaldson Ropes Ltd. $$$
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Manila rope is used in the crafting of handcrafts, bags, carpets, clothing, furniture and landscaping as with decorative fencing due to its visual appeal. More than aesthetics, the natural abaca plant hemp fibers used in the production of this rope are resistant to UV light and water, making it particularly useful in outdoor and sea contexts as does its ability to hold knots firmly.

Manila is fast absorbing and snap resistant, allowing safe use in pulleys and winches. Although it will burn at temperatures greater than 180° F, these ropes will not melt like many synthetics will. This heat resistance adds to the rope's mechanical capabilities. While it does not stretch, manila ropes may shrink when wet. When a wet rope dries it can become stiff and tight. For this reason many new ropes are immersed in water and dried before initial use as shrinkage decreases with each wetting. In some situations, such as nautical knots, pre-wetting is not used as the hardening and tightening of the knot may be desirable.

Manila rope begins with fibers from the abaca plant. This tropical specimen is native to the Philippines, making that country one of the largest manila rope producers. These natural fibers are spun to make yarn that is then braided or twisted to make the rope. Both twisted and braided varieties are popular, though twisted ropes are more susceptible to unraveling. As texture and softness varies among the abaca plant, the origin of a particular rope is important in the grade or rating of manila rope. This system takes into account the strength, manner of cleaning and color of the Manila hemp as well as fiber length.

The natural qualities of these fibers are often enhanced with treatments such as copper napthenate, tar or tallow to minimize loss of strength due to fungi, mildew and rot in addition to adding protection against chaffing in high stress situations. While abaca fibers will resist water and sunlight, they are not resistant to chemical corrosion. The available treatments can provide this feature and prolong the working life of manila rope. While grade and treatment are important, further considerations include strength lifts, abrasion resistance, flexibility, lay and cord size. Rope suppliers may provide insight into the rope requirements for a specific task.

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