What Kind of Rope Floats? What is Manila Rope Made From? And Other Rope Questions Answered

Our sales team receives lots of questions about rope :  types, uses, strength, etc. so we thought it would be best to list the most common inquiries we receive and list the answers here.

Q. What is manila rope made from?

Manila rope Manila rope is manufactured from a plant native to the Philippines- the abaca plant- which is how it gets its name. It’s also sometimes called hemp rope or sisal rope because it is made of hemp fibers. The all natural fibers make it absorbent, but it stretches very little so it’s great for making a rope ladder, landscaping, obstacle courses, etc. Manilla rope holds a knot extremely well so it also makes a great tug of war rope. Its water absorbency also makes it prone to mildew and it can shrink up to 15% when wet.

 

Q. What kind of rope floats?

Polypropylene rope Often called pool rope or ski rope, polypropylene rope is a synthetic  that’s very lightweight so it will not sink in water. Since it doesn’t absorb water, it resists rot, mildew, oils, acids, etc. Polypropylene can stretch when under load and can be uncomfortable to handle since it is stiffer than a natural fiber. Polypropylene is sometimes mistaken for parachute cord (also called paracord or 550 cord), however, that is a nylon general purpose utility cord with a smoother texture.

 

Q. Does polyester rope stretch?

Polyester rope Polyester rope is very similar to nylon but it does not stretch as much as a nylon. The lack of stretch makes it great for uses where stretching would be dangerous: tug ropes, tree ropes, etc. Polyester keeps its strength even when wet and is very resistant to mildew, rot, etc. We sell three different constructions: diamond braid, solid braid and twisted.

 

 

Q. What is cotton rope used for?

cotton rope  Cotton rope offers less strength than other ropes but its softness makes it much more comfortable to handle. We generally suggest cotton for lightweight applications such as for tents, pet toys, awnings, making a hammock stand, etc. Natural cotton rope does hold up better than some synthetic ropes to UV rays so it can be better choice for outdoor uses if it will be subjected to sun exposure outside.

 

 

Q. What is the best rope for climbing?

iStock_000019326943XSmall  We get this question a lot- along with how to choose a carabiner for climbing. Because climbing is  not  something we recommend with our rope and carabiner clips, we cannot offer any suggestions. Our products are not designed for climbing; we prefer our customers contact an expert in climbing supplies for the best advice!

What’s New at US Cargo Control

We’ve been busy adding lots of new products to our US Cargo Control website. We’ve listed some of the latest by category below. For more information on each product, click on the link to take you to USCargoControl.com.

If there’s a product or a group of new items you’d like to see us add to our website, please be sure to let us know- either by a comment below or contacting us at 866-444-9990.

Rigging supplies & hardware
Our rigging supplies category is a varied one- including everything from small connecting links to heavy duty anchor shackles. This category is also unique because it has products that can be used for professional rigging jobs, as well as simple uses around the job site, farm, and even home.

-Cable railing systems

image of cable railing system railsOne example of a product with various uses is our
cable railing systems. Although it’s technically considered
wire rope, its lightweight design is great for stair railings,
deck railings, garage doors and more. We offer a 7×19 construction, which is comprised of 7 strands of 19 wires.
This allows it to have a slim profile without sacrificing
strength. Other profiles and styles are available by request, just contact our sales team at 800-660-3585.

 

-Rope
We’ve also added a huge selection of rope, including everything from natural manila rope for decorative use, to California Truck Rope for dependable tie-down uses for professional truckers.

Image of 3/16" twisted manila rope

Image of 1/4" California truck rope

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ratchet straps and tie downs
Ratchet straps and tie downs is another group of products with various uses- from flatbed trucks to simple motorcycle trailers.

-Replacement tie down straps
image of 3" ratchet replacement strap with flat hookOur tough polyester replacement straps
are a great way to add extra working life to straps you already own, since you only
buy the replacement strap that you need. They’re also an easy way to convert your winch straps into ratchet straps.

 

image of 2" replacement ratchet strap with chain extension

 

 

Our tie down replacement straps come in
1″, 2″, 3″and 4″ widths, in an extremely strong best to find the products you’re looking for.

 

-Bungee cords

image of 10 pack 1/2"x48" bungee cordsYou can never have too many handy bungee cords around the house, in the garage, on the farm, or at the jobsite.

While they’re great for securing cargo, boxes and other items for hauling, they’re also perfect for bundling items to make them easier to carry or store away, keeping lids closed on coolers, tool boxes, animal crates, garbage cans, etc.

-Soft tie straps with plush covers
We have several motorcycle tie down straps to choose from, but these motorcycle straps with soft tie plush covers will protect your bike from scratches and dings during transport. They’re designed like a typical handle bar strap, but the soft chamois covers provide and extra layer of protection.

image of plush cover motorcycle straps

-Roller idler

image of e-track roller idler fitting

Simply snap the roller idler fitting assembly into E-track installed on your trailer floor and you can instantly secure a vehicle by either the frame or the tires. The roller design moves toward the direction of the tension which keeps the strap close to the track.