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Offline Orbean

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Types of rope
« on: September 18, 2016, 02:12:03 PM »
How do you tell the difference between Manila rope and its inferior cousin sisal rope. I recently purchased some "manila" rope, label as much, from ace hardware. I know sometimes nefarious rope purveyors will sell sisal labeled as manila rope. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Types of rope
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2016, 02:31:04 PM »
Manila rope sadly is being used as a generic name...although true Manila is made from abaca leaves.
There are a lot of natural fibers being used.   

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber_rope
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Re: Types of rope
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2016, 03:01:21 PM »
Hunter63 thanks for the link. Better quality lines are not made of a mixture different fibers. My reason for wanting to be sure what I am getting is manila IMO is the superior fiber, and sisal is often passed off as manila. It is really hard to make cotton look like manila, so I know for sure it is not cotton.
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Re: Types of rope
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2016, 05:28:09 PM »
I used to buy sisal or as we called it "Java"....as a center for elevator wire ropes.......Yup real rope in there.
All it does is hold up the outer strands that do the work....elevator rope has 8 strands.....

Should have "borrowed" more when the plant closed....I have been giving away 1/4" sisal for tent ropes for years....
Took a 3500ft spool to Rondy's and gave it away to anyone that needed it.

I would buy it by the truck load 40K pound at a time , all different sizes.....
Oh well, look for the actual contents on the Manila when looking.
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