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  1. av8or3

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    I’ve started using braided polyester 10mm rope with a portable capstan type wench. What do you guys use to store it so it’s readily available and safe for storage at the same time? I can’t seem to figure it out. It’s always tangled up and takes a long time to square away. Only to be tangled up again the next time I go to use it.
     
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    Keep it in a rope bag, carefully coil and flake it into the bag and it should come out with no or very few little knots. Then you can pull it out part way and carry the bulk wherever without dragging a tangled mess.

    Or carefully loop it into a coil like winding a garden hose on a wall hanger. Use the last 10ft to wrap around your coil, then secure the end. I pass a bight or whatever they call it through one end if the coil loops and pull it over so it cinches tight.

    Just some ropes sitting at home I rarely use, but the one comes out of the bag just fine (it's the product bag not a quality storage bag I was talking about) but it takes a while to stuff 200ft in there 6" at a time.
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    It's also good to pull it all out straight and remove any twisting that can occasionally build up and cause tangles. I try to untwist it as I hand coil it.
     
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    Thanks man, that’s exactly what I needed to hear.
    I got a rope bag but it’s small. I think a bigger bag would make it easier. Really like that idea. Probably what they had in mind when they designed all this stuff.
     
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    Sherrill tree and treestuff.com usually have generic rope bags for like $30 that can hold a large bull rope. I like bags easy to carry and easy to shout which bag to send a helper to retrieve
     
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    I have my 300' bull rope in a military duffel bag I bought at a local flea market for 20 bucks. The shoulder straps are nice to have.
     
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    https://www.treestuff.com/treestuff-simple-rope-bag/
    • Holds 200 feet of 1/2" line
    • Two 1/2" polyester webbing handles double bar tacked to the bag
    • Double reinforced bottom
    • 600D polyester construction with PVA backing
    Depending on your rope, there may also be room in there for slings, carabiners, and other related rigging parts.

    Just make sure to not store the rope wet.

    Philbert
     
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    I use a bucket myself. Found a nice miracle grow bucket that's taller than a 5 gallon. Must be a 6 or 7. Holds 200' (or maybe it's 150') of 3/4" rope perfectly.
     
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    Rock-N-Rescue/Rock-N-Arbor have affordable rope bags that are Made in USA. They started making hardware too(carabiners etc.) that is looking great both in strength, finish, and price. They are my new favorite place to shop for such things.


    Edit: Almost forgot they are running a 20% off sale right now with promo code RNR0320 to make their already great prices even better.
     
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    Same here. The shot line also goes in a bucket with a lid.

    Big ropes are in duffle bags.
     
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    Rope bags/buckets are key. I used to coil all my rope. Gets old. Started using bags for the bull ropes and continued coiling my climbing lines. I could inspect every inch this way for damage. I've tired of doing this also after totaling thousands of feet over the years. I'm getting more bags.

    When bagging a rope I like to put the bag in front while keeping the rope behind me. I run the rope over my shoulder while feeding the bag. This makes both hands free to pull the rope into the bag. Bags that stay open like a bucket are a nice feature.
     
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    I’ve seen garden hose reels work for larger diameter or long lengths. It has wheels and is really easy to roll up.


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    Interesting. But that would take up way to much space on the truck for me.
     
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    I used to go over the shoulder but have recently adopted the method of running it through a carabiner that is clipped to a buff on my neck. Doesn't fall off my shoulder or give me a rope burn if I'm really trying to hustle.
     
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    I'm still just "paying" the line right into the bucket hand under hand. If my saddle is on it goes trough a beaner or tiny pulley if one is handy. Pretty simple.
    Square kitty litter buckets take up less room in groups but the shot line is best in a five gallon round bucket. You can shoot it from the brush or hanging from a branch. Even had a guy hold it over his head in briars with bs and scrubs everywhere. The fat rope goes in a small army gym bag 50' x 1- 1/8"
    150' x 3/4" or 1/2" fits in five or six gallon buckets pretty good.
    Eight gallon buckets hold a 200' shot of 3/4" bull line. You need a large upright bag like army infantry to store a 250'-300' shot of 1" line. Most large rope bags now have backpack handles built in them with good reason.
     
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    I'm getting some more bags after catching up with some current expenses. Just for the longer and heavier ropes. I don't mind rolling 150' of 1/2 '' by hand. The most 1/2 I'll use in that is 3 strand at 2 hanks. My 200' DB is bagged and comes out when repeated roping is required. I only use my 3strand when doing natural crotch rigging points. I like the speed of a bag, but seems a little harder to fill 3trand in a bag. The two hanks I have of 150 seems quick enough to wrap up.
     
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    I quit using three strand about six years ago. Never bought more of it.
     
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    Handy for quick moves where not a lot of rope work is needed, and you save time in setting up a block less point. . Nice for tag lines too, and cheap to replace when damaged.
     
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