Manila was once the preferred choice in cordage before synthetic fibers were developed. Manila rope still maintains some advantages to synthetic fiber rope; it’s not affected by heat and has excellent resistance to UV (ultraviolet) rays.
Sisal fibers come from the agave and sisalana plants indigenous to the tropics. Sisal fibers share many characteristics with manila, but only 80% of its tensile strength. It is less expensive than manila and makes a good general-purpose rope.
Nylon is known for its elasticity and tremendous shock absorbing qualities. It has good abrasion resistance, is rot proof and resists UV, petroleum products and most chemicals. Lasts 4-5 times longer than ropes made of natural fibers.
Polydac has the same qualities as polypropylene rope with the added features of resistance to abrasion and UV ray, as well as a softer feel.
Polypropylene rope is flexible and lightweight. It is rot-proof and floats in water; it resists oil, water, gasoline and most chemicals. Available twisted or braided, polypropylene rope is an economical general-purpose rope.
Polyester is very strong and has excellent resistance to abrasion. It stretches less than nylon but does not absorb shock like nylon. Great for marine or industrial applications, Resistant to UV rays, rot, petroleum products and most chemicals.
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