Types of Rope

You can save money and handle homestead towing and tying tasks more safely if you know the different types of rope.



069 types of rope - main view
Seven types of rope, from left to right: three-strand nylon, braided nylon, three-strand polypropylene manila imitation, three-strand polypropylene, three-strand manila, three-strand sisal, and three-strand cotton.
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069 types of rope - short splice
A short splice is well suited to the permanent joining of two natural fiber ropes that won't have to pass through a pulley.
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069 types of rope - sailor's whipping
Sailors whipping follows the strand pattern of the rope. It's a good way to protect natural fiber ends.
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069 types of rope - synthetic rope
The ends of synthetic ropes can be melted to prevent unraveling.
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069 types of rope - back splice
A back splice will permanently protect the end of a natural rope but can be used only if you won't need to slip the line through a small restriction such as a pulley or eye, since the splice increases the end's diameter significantly.
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069 types of rope - cotton rope with wiping
Common whipping holds together the end of a length of cotton rope.
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