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sports climbing# What is working load on rope?

Last Updated: 17th March, 2020

**Working Load**(WL) is the weight or force applied to

**rope**or cordage in a given application. The

**Working Load**Limit (WLL) is a guideline for the maximum allowable capacity of a

**rope**product and should not be exceeded.

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Likewise, people ask, how much weight can a rope hold?

That gives a safe load for standard hemp or silk **rope** at only 68 pounds, with max **weight** at a little over 800 lbs.

Beside above, what is the difference between working load limit and safe working load? “WLL” stands for “**working load limit**” while “**SWL**” stands for “**safe working load**.” The main **differences between safe working load** from **working load limit** is that “**SWL**” is the older term. Today, **SWL** is not used anymore because it has been completely replaced by the term WLL.

Also question is, how is safe working load calculated?

To **calculate** the **SWL**, you need to know the diameter of the cable or rope. If you're **working** with a 1.5-inch diameter cable, for example, then the formula would be **SWL** = 1.5^{2} x 8 or **SWL** = 2.25 x 8. This **calculation** means the **SWL** of a 1.5-inch diameter rope is 18 tons.

How do you calculate the breaking strength of a rope?

inch wire **rope** (fibre **rope** core): D x 42= **Breaking strength**. x x 42 = 42/4 = 10.5 tons. 2. inch wire **rope** (wire **rope** core): D x 45= **Breaking strength**.