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Guy ropes

Why replace steel guy wires?

Steel guying wires are still very common, however they are heavy, difficult to work with and their strength deteriorates with time due to corrosion and general ageing. 

Their electrical conductivity is an undesirable feature as this interacts with the antennas and deteriorates their radiation pattern.

Thanks to the recent developments of materials, both amateur and professional users are changing over to non-conductive guys and ropes and will never go back to using the steel wires once the benefits are fully appreciated. The non-conductive synthetic fibres have all the necessary qualities: high strength, negligible elongation but with good flexibility, long life, low wet-ability, minimum bending radius giving the ability to tie knots, excellent UV radiation resistance, weather durability and resistance to acids and alkali.

MASTRANT® optimized ropes are made from proven modern materials such as Polyester (Mastrant P), Dyneema® (Mastrant-M, Mastrant-D and D-F2) and Vectran®. The product range covers a variety of applications, from thin support lines used for tying wire antennas and beams, to guys for supporting small and portable masts and vertical antennas, to anchoring ropes for high antenna towers tens of metres high. The product line is supplemented by a wide range of stainless steel accessories.

The development, testing and quality control of all these products ensures a superior product delivering long life. They are subject to continuous verifying in real conditions in co-operation with many users.

"Is Mastrant® made from Kevlar?"

People are used to using Kevlar for “high strength ropes with lower elongation". No matter what material the rope is made of. Kevlar (or Technora, Twaron, etc.) are brand names for aramid fibres. Those fibres are susceptible to UV degradation so they are always protected with extruded outer protective jackets - for example Phillystran® HPTG-I. 

However, there is another material for ropes for mast guying - Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE); trade names are Dyneema® , Spectra® or Nexsteel. It has excellent UV resistance, high knot strength and low specific gravity. Mastrant-M ropes using new Dyneema® Max Technology (by DSM) maximizes the scope of the world’s strongest fiber. Mastrant® is pioneering the use of high performance synthetic rope in permanently loaded applications. Designed specifically for mooring production facilities in deep waters, DSM’s new ‘ultra high strength at low weight’ Dyneema® DM20 fiber delivers unrivalled rope strength, stiffness, durability and longevity.

Specification of the products 

Explanations of terms in columns can be found below the tables. In case of any questions feel free to contact us via e-mail at info [at] mastrant.com.

Mastrant CLASSIC

Product
& size
Size
[inch]
Diameter
[mm]
Strength
[daN, ~kg]
Safe working load
[daN, ~kg]
Weight
[g/m]
Elongation
[%]
Remark Price
[~100m]
Variants
P 2 1/16 1.6 100 30 2 3.3 black, blue dots $19.00
R 3 3/32 2.6 200 60 5.3 3 yellow $30.00
C 3+ 9/64 3.5 300 90 11.2 2.9 camouflage $45.00
S 6 1/4 6.1 730 220 29 3.2 reflective $105.00
Q 6 1/4 6.1 730 220 28.5 3.2 black, gray dots $88.00
P 3 3/32 2.6 200 60 5.3 3 black, blue dots $26.00
R 5 3/16 4.9 540 162 20.3 3 yellow $78.00
C 6 1/4 6.1 730 220 33.4 2.9 camouflage $117.00
Q 8 5/16 8.3 1700 510 45 3.4 black, gray dots $115.00
P 3+ 9/64 3.5 300 90 11.2 2.9 black, blue dots $36.00
Q 11 7/16 11.2 2780 830 78 4.6 black, gray dots $159.00
P 4 5/32 4.4 440 132 15.3 3 black, blue dots $39.00
Q 14 9/16 13.5 3230 970 107 4.7 black, gray dots $219.00
P 5 3/16 4.9 540 162 20.3 2.9 black, blue dots $59.00
P 6 1/4 6.2 850 255 33.4 3 black, blue dots $99.00
P 8 5/16 7.9 1300 390 48.7 3.1 black, blue dots $128.00
P 10 3/8 9.7 1900 570 73.3 3.4 black, blue dots $165.00
P 12 1/2 11.4 2200 660 99.2 2.7 black, blue dots $215.00
P 14 9/16 14.2 3200 960 140.3 2.8 black, blue dots $287.00

Mastrant PREMIUM

Product
& size
Size
[inch]
Diameter
[mm]
Strength
[daN, ~kg]
Safe working load
[daN, ~kg]
Weight
[g/m]
Elongation
[%]
Price
[~100m]
Variants
M 1 3/64 1.3 100 30 1.3 0.6 $37.00
M 2 3/32 2.4 250 75 4 1 $42.00
M 3 1/8 3.2 390 117 7 1 $69.00
M 4 5/32 3.9 900 270 11.4 0.8 $142.00
M 5 3/16 5.4 1200 360 21.3 1.6 $221.00
M 6 1/4 6.4 1850 555 32.3 1 $278.00
M 8 5/16" 7.8 2600 780 45.4 0.9 $395.00
M 10 3/8 10.7 3850 1155 82 0.9 $679.00
M 12 1/2 12.1 5500 1650 100.6 1 $981.00

HMPE ropes

Product
& size
Size
[inch]
Diameter
[mm]
Strength
[daN, ~kg]
Safe working load
[daN, ~kg]
Weight
[g/m]
Elongation
[%]
Price
[~100m]
Variants
D-F3 2 3/32 2 340 102 2.5 0.5 $82.00
D-F3 3 1/8 3 880 264 4.6 0.5 $106.00
D-F3 4 5/32 4 1500 450 8.4 0.5 $150.00
D-F3 5 3/16 5 2250 675 14.3 0.5 $225.00
D-F3 6 1/4 6 3100 930 20 0.5 $279.00
D-F3 8 5/16 8 5200 1560 35.7 0.5 $490.00
D-F3 10 3/8 10 7750 2325 46.3 0.5 $611.00
D-F3 12 1/2 12 11500 3450 80 0.5 $1,130.00
 
 

Strength = breaking strength of the rope in ideal circumstances
SWL = Safe working load. Recommended 30 % of the strength
1 daN = 10 N, about 1 kg
Elongation (stretch) = relative change of the length measured between "pre-tension" (10% of breaking strength) and "working tension" (30% of breaking strength)
Mastrant are braided ropes with twisted cores. All have cover from Polyester
Dyneema® is brand of DSM for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
Mastrant-M ropes use new Dyneema® Max Technology fibres DM20
We supply any length of the rope, the reels are discounted. Standard assortments are reels with 100m and 200m, several types also in 31m and 500m.

 

Description of rope product lines

Mastrant CLASSIC (colour variants Mastrant-P, Mastrant-C, Mastrant-R, Mastrant-Q and reflective Mastrant-S)

Rope Mastrant Classic is a guy rope optimized for guying with respect to maximized "performance/price" ratio. This excellent rope offers very good strength, low elongation, high UV and humidity resistance. It has low weight, great abrasion resistance, great durability and is nonconductive (no effect whatsoever on your antenna). Moreover, in contrast to ropes made from aramid fibres (Kevlar, Vectran, Technora, Twaron), it has knot strength about 60 %.

  • Construction: Braided rope with twisted cores
  • Core (Mastrant P and C): Polyester, parallel-arranged twisted cores
  • Core (Mastrant Q, S and C 6mm): Polyester & Polypropylene, parallel-arranged twisted cores
  • Cover: Polyester 12 or 16 (depending on the diameter)
  • Safe temperature: -110 °C (-166 °F) to 120 °C (248 °F)

Mastrant-M (Mastrant PREMIUM)

MASTRANT-M is the choice for those who require a thinner rope with high performance at an affordable price. Very high strength, negligible elongation, very low weight, and great abrasion resistance - are all attributes that make this rope a perfect for guying. It is a highly durable rope with an outstanding performance-to-price ratio. Of course is nonconductive (no effect whatsoever on your antenna).

MASTRANT-M ropes using new Dyneema® Max Technology (by DSM) maximizes the scope of the world’s strongest fiber. Mastrant® is pioneering the use of high performance synthetic rope in permanently loaded applications. Designed specifically for mooring production facilities in deep waters, DSM’s new ‘ultra high strength at low weight’ Dyneema® DM20 fiber delivers unrivalled rope strength, stiffness, durability and longevity.

Laboratory tests demonstrate that ropes made from DM20 fiber retain the property characteristics of Dyneema®, even under long-term high tensions. Critical behavioral qualities, such as high static strength and stiffness, exceptional abrasion, fatigue and creep resistance enable a smaller, lighter rope to deliver improved performance and operational benefits. Dyneema® Max Technology performs significantly better than SK78 on creep and thus is another step change versus all other HMPE (high-modulus polyethylene). At the same time it keeps the good properties of Dyneema® fiber, which are appreciated by many users. The breakthrough product now offers all the benefits of ropes made with Dyneema® also to the markets of permanently loaded applications like guying of towers, masts and antennas.

  • Construction: Double braided rope
  • Core: 100% Dyneema DM20, parallel-arranged twisted cores (diameters 1 to 3 mm), braided (4 mm and up)
  • Inner cover: Polyester staple (only on ropes with diameters from 6 mm and up)
  • Outer cover: Polyester 12, 16, 24 or 40 (depending on the diameter)
  • Safe temperature: -110 °C (-166 °F) to 90 °C (194 °F)

HMPE ropes D-F3

High Modulus PolyEthylene rope is one of the strongest, most durable and innovative ropes on the market today. The rope is made of high-modulus polyethylene. The HMPE ropes are impregnated with durable coating to reduce abrasion and extend the service life. The extraordinary features and extreme strenght of HMPE ropes is a reason for using it as frequent substitute to steel wire/steel ropes. The HMPE ropes go through a special heat and UV resistance treatment. They have an extremely low friction coefficient and highly reduce an operation costs. Additionally, they offer much safer handling solution compared to a standard steel ropes.
The rope surface is furnished with a special protective finish which endows the rope with unusual abrasion resistance and stability even when exposed to UV radiation. Considering its extraordinary properties, the rope is the choice for the extreme projects.

  • Construction: 12-strand braided heat set rope
  • Material: 100% HMPE superior (Nexsteel), special surface finish
  • Safe temperature: -110 °C (-166 °F) to 90 °C (194 °F)

Mastrant-D (discontinued)

  • Construction: Double braided rope
  • Core: 100% Dyneema SK75, braided
  • Inner cover: Polyester staple (only on ropes with diameters from 6 mm and up)
  • Outer cover: Polyester 12, 16, 24 or 40 (depending on the diam.)
  • Safe temperature: -110 °C (-166 °F) to 90 °C (194 °F)

 

Comparison of Mastrant ropes features

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