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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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Leading Manufacturers

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 $$$

Chute a Blondeau, ON  |  613-674-2728

Since 1976, we have created quality ropes that our customers can rely on. We believe in creating quality products that will uphold the safety needs of your company as well as meet or exceed your every demand. We believe in building relationships with our customers that last a lifetime. You can learn more about us or our products by contacting our offices today!

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Atlantic Braids $$$

Biddeford, ME  |  800-788-7673

We are a manufacturer of high quality rope that is used in a variety of applications including arbor, climbing, guiding, industrial safety, rope rescue, work access and OEM. We are committed to innovative processes and product development. Call or visit us online today for me detailed information. We look forward to working with you soon!

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Sterling Rope $$$

Northbrook, IL  |  847-564-9016

All Gear, Inc. specializes in exclusive products for Utility, Arborist, Construction and H.D. Marine Supply, including twisted and braided rope, cords, twine, tie downs, and slings. We offer ropes in nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, manila, and cotton. At All Gear, Inc., we are environmentally conscious and see it as our co-responsibility to minimize the waste and energy used.

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All Gear, Inc. $$$

Lafayette, GA  |  800-282-7673

PMI supplies the vertical world with the ropes and equipment it needs. We offer both nylon and polyester static ropes, available in a number of different lengths. Our commitment is to provide you with high quality rope, which is why we are actively involved in the Cordage Institute along with ANSI, ASTM, NFPA and UIAA. If you’re craving a climb, you can trust our rope to get you there.

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Pigeon Mountain Industries $$$
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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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