Manila Rope 4mm to 64mm

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Product no.: ManilaX1m

Manila Rope 3-Strand 4- to 64mm in Diameter Sold x the Metre. Durable, Flexible and Resistant to Saltwater Damage

Was NZ$0.60
From NZ$0.65 / m

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Product no.: Manila-Rope-COILS

3 Strand Manila Rope Coils 4mm to 48mm in Diameter is very Durable, Flexible and Resistant to Salt-Water Damage

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Product no.: Pro-Manila-Permeter-QE

Pro Manila Synthetic Manila Rope 6mm to 40mm Sold by the meter 1m to 220m Great for Landscaping, deck and porch railings, Handrails 

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Product no.: Pro-Manila-QE

Pro Manila Synthetic Manila Rope 6mm to 40mm 220M Coils - Great for Landscaping, deck and porch railings, Handrails and more...

Was NZ$95.00
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Manila Rope Full Range

To download more information regarding shrinkage and care of manila rope. Click Here.

This PDF has been put together to assist with as much information as possible regarding the features of the Manila Rope.

Click Here to be directed to more information on Shrinkage / Pre-Soaking / Sag. Between Posts, This information is courtesy of the "Traditional Rope Company UK."

3 Strand Manila Rope. Sizes 4mm through to 64mm. It is sold by the Coil or by the Metre.

Manila Rope is very durable, flexible, and resistant to salt water damage, allowing its use in rope, hawsers, ship lines, and fishing nets. Don't confuse this with Sisal or Hemp Rope.

Uses include decorative roles such as making handcrafts like bags, carpets, clothing, and furniture. It is commonly found with landscaping projects in the garden, fencing lines, and between bollards. Manila Rope shrinks when wet.

Choosing the correct size is important, as using an undersized rope causes undue strain on the rope. Proper selection of the right rope size is the greatest factor in getting full use and long life from your rope. Proper handling and care will ensure a longer, useful life out of the rope.  Ensure the rope is always dry before storing.  Storing wet rope causes mildew and rot.  If the rope is on a concrete floor, we recommend putting it on top of a planking/pallet to prevent contact with the floor. If your manila rope becomes dirty, gritty or muddy, it should be washed and dried thoroughly to ensure longevity.  Please note kinks can cause rope failure and permanent damage.  We recommend removing these or straightening them out when you see them.

Manila Rope – Natural Fibre Rope

Manila rope is made from the fibre of abaca, part of the banana family. Abaca has been in use since the 19th century after succeeding hemp fibre rope in popularity because of its durability and load-bearing properties.

The name Manila refers to the Philippines, where abaca is an indigenous plant first cultivated for cordage manufacturing. The Philippines are the world’s major producer of abaca fibre. Abaca has also been cultivated in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Central America.

Rope manufactured from abaca shrinks when wet, so the new manila rope is wet and dried to mitigate shrinkage. As with other natural fibres, it is important to ensure they do not remain wet to prevent decomposition/rot. Wood preservatives may be applied to the manila rope to extend its life.  Allow airflow and/or the sun to dry it out if wet. This ensures a long-lasting rope.

Manila rope is a functional multi-purpose product used at home, in marine and décor applications for interiors and exteriors. This low-stretch hard-wearing rope softens and naturally resists fungal attacks and moisture. It also resists abrasion well.

It is important to understand that as a natural fibre, there is a larger break load variance than in man-made products, so the load can only ever be approximated.

Features For Landscaping Rope Include:

  • The strongest natural fibre, 
  • Low stretch, 
  • Hard-wearing,
  • Great general-purpose rope,
  • Biodegradable,
  • Non-conductive (when dry), 
  • It is flexible and gets a nice soft agile feel after the initial 'running in' period,
  • Good abrasion resistance,
  • Pretty good resistance to fungus and moisture,
  • The general opinion is that this is a nicer-looking rope to plain synthetic ropes.
  • Ease of handling, making knot-ability easier

If Using For Landscaping Projects - Please Read and Note the Below Information. This Relates to Measuring Your Manila Rope.

Natural ropes generally shrink 10% to 15% in length - temporarily, until they dry out - whenever it rains. Natural ropes also tend to run oversize in diameter, so we suggest you get your rope first, then drill the holes. Suggested minimum sizes - 1 1/2" holes for 1" rope, 1 7/8" holes for 1 1/4" , 2 1/4" holes for 1 1/2", 3" holes for 2".

Why So big?

Because when the Manila rope shrinks in length, it increases in diameter. So if, after it rains, the rope doesn't have room to 'breathe' and dry out completely where it's going through the holes, it will rot in those spots.

If you're planning to replace old Manila rope, the following is very important:

If the old rope measures 2" in diameter, it probably did not start as 2" rope. It is more likely a 1 1/2" rope that has swelled up over time to 2". Accordingly, if it measures 3" in diameter, it was almost surely 2" when it was new. So if you're putting new rope through existing holes, measure the holes, then order based on the above guidelines. Again, if the rope barely fits through the holes, moisture will collect in those spots and fail before its time.


There are three steps to consider in providing the longest possible service life, the safest conditions and long-range economy for ropes: Selection, Usage, and Retirement.

The use of the rope for any purpose subjects it to friction, bending and tension. All rope hardware, sheaves, rollers, capstans, cleats, as well as knots are, in varying degrees, damaging to the rope. It is important to understand that the rope moving and working,  even under ideal conditions, will lose strength during use in any application. Maximizing the safety of rope performance is directly related to how strength loss is managed and making sure ropes are retired from service before they can create a dangerous situation. Ropes are serious working tools, and used properly will give consistent and reliable service. The cost of replacing a rope is extremely small compared to the physical damage or personal injury a worn-out rope can cause.

To download more information regarding shrinkage and care of manila rope. Click Here. This PDF has been put together to assist with as much information as possible regarding the features of the Manila Rope.

Manila Rope 4mm to 64mm