Baling Wire

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Types Of Baling Wire: You could say if falls to the most common of two categories. Auto-tie, and manual tie wire. Manual tie is typically a wire with a single loo in one end. This allows you to tie the other straight end through it and twist it up so it won’t pull apart. The other kind of wire is for the auto-tie balers. It is a continuous wire that comes in a box, or a spool. The machine pulls what it needs and spins the two ends together to secure the bale.

Painted or Galvanized?  Baling wire is usually painted to help deter rust, or you can get it as galvanized to deter rust. Galvanized is usually a little bit more per bundle, but can be stored longer without rust and bleeding of rust to make it look older than it is.

How to calculate your size: The typical baler is usually advertised by the size bale it can make. You take these dimensions to calculate your baling wire length. Let’s take a standard 60″ baler. The brochure states it will produce a bale 60″ x 30″ x 48 “. The 60″ is the width and not used on this standard vertical baler wire calculation. So that leaves 30″ and 48”. The wire has to go completely around and have some extra for tying the bale off. So, that would be 48″ x 2= 96 + 30x 2=60. 96+60= 156″ = 13ft. Add more for the tying of the bale, and you get 14ft.

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How Do I Figure Out The Gauge Wire Needed For My Bales?

This is a good question, and it is often based on experience or recommendations. Cardboard is compressive and has minimal spring back. Unlike plastic, or especially foam products that spring back as much as they were compressed. So, you can thing of it as how much force will the material push back on the wires holding the bale together.

The goal of the bale wire is to keep the dense packed material together for shipping. If the bale wire breaks, they can start a cascade of breakage because each wire has that much more force on it as a wire breaks. This can be a big mess to clean up, as well as it can be very dangerous if the bales are stacked. The quantity of wires per bale also help keep everything in place.

The quantity of wires used should be 4 to 6 depending in the material baled. So, as example: 14 ga x 14 feet wire is a typical size used. However if you only want to use 4 wires, it may be best to go to 13 gauge. Just a little thicker of a wire.

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