Manila rope is a 100% natural fiber, is a long time favorite rope for many usage.
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Manila Rope commonly referred to as ‘‘hemp’’ or ‘‘jute’’ rope is a natural fiber product made from ‘abaca’ or ‘musa textilis plant’, a plant which is a natural resource of the Phillipines and is related to the banana family. There could be some other countries producing the same fibers but the quality of the Phillipines fibers is beyond comparison. It is a strong, tough fiber from the leafstalks of this plant, used for making high-quality rope, paper, clothing, etc.
FEATURES OF MANILA ROPE
Manila rope has some special features that synthetic rope cannot take place:
- Manila rope is economical, strong and also has as natural resistance to all weather elements.
- Its knot holds very well and will not slide.
- The texture gives a firm grip with very little stretch.
- It has a brilliant natural light tan colour.s
- It is environmental friendly.
- The tensile strength of Manila rope is stronger than Sisal rope.
- Elongation of manila rope is very minimal compared to synthetic ropes, which were prone to stretching and breaking.
USES OF MANILA ROPE
This rope is a long time favourite for a large varieties of uses, this includes:
- Exercise climbing rope: Manila ropes are used, largely due to their good ‘hand’ and ability to absorb perspiration, in gymnasium and obstacles course climbing systema, and in a number of exercise and hand strength building applications. Manila is a popular choice for tug of war because it won’t snap back – potentially causing serious injuries – as nylon rope has been known to do. Manila’s good grip and ability to absorb sweat make it popular for obstacle courses and numerous strength building exercises.
- Camp craft and hobby use: Scouting projects use manila rope in ‘monkey bridges’, monkey bridges, pontoonferrys and obstacle courses.
- Landscaping and decoration : Contractors and designers and fence contractors specify manila rope for fence rails and frames around gardens, decks, piers, and along pathways, usually in 1’’,1 ¼’’, 1 ½’’, 2’’and, occasionally, 3’’ diameters. It has the advantage of decomposing over time, making it ‘greenest’ of reasonably high strength ropes.
But it also has a tendency to run over size, when used outdoors, to shrink (temporarily) 10-15% in length each time it rains and expands in thickness over its life. These dimensional characteristics should be considered when ordering.
Utility contractors spec manila rope lanyards because, unlike synthetics, it doesn’t melt when it comes in contact with hot wires (it will burn in time, though).
- Rope swings: Manila ropes are suitable for rope swings because of the features listed above.
- It is also used as fliplines – with the addition of a wire rope core unless work is being performed around live power lines – by tree trimmers.
DISADVANTAGES OF MANILA ROPE
- Manila rope tends to wear from the inside (it self-abrades), so it may be unsafe even though it appears to be in good shape.
- If stored wet, it will mildew and rot (again, on the inside first, so damage isn’t visible).
- Manila rope is weakened by and should be protected from exposure to chemicals or chemical fumes.
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