Rope Guide

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When you need rope, it pays to make sure that you are getting the right rope for the job. Here is a handy chart to make sure that you get the rope that will work for the job, and the conditions that you find yourself in.

 


Rope Selection Chart
 
Rating Scale: 1(strongest/best) – 4 (weakest/poorest)

Properties Type Nylon Polyester Polypro Manila
Strength strong/weak 1 2 3 4
Wet vs Dry Strength 85% 100% 100% 115%
Shock Load Ability strong/weak 1 2 2 3
Floats/Sinks Sinks Sinks Floats Sinks
Elongation at break 20-34% 15-20% 15-20% 10-15%
Water Absorbption most/least 2 2 3 1
Melting Point 480 F 500 F 330 F 350 F (chars)
Abrasion Resistance most/least 2 1 3 4
Resistance to Sunlight most/least 2 1 3 4
Resistance to Rot most/least 1 1 1 2
Resistance to Acid most/least 2 1 1 3
Resistance to Alkalis most/least 1 2 1 3
Resistance to oil/gas most/least 1 1 1 2
Electrical resistance most/least 2 1 1 2
Flexing endurance most/least 1 2 3 4
Specific Gravity 1.14 1.38 .9 1.38
Storage Requirements wet or dry wet or dry wet or dry dry