Not all baling wire is created equal: What to look for the next time you buy baling wire

By | Getting Into the Recycling Business ,Recycling Solutions ,Waste Recycling Equipment | February 20, 2014 | 1 comment

We understand that it’s tempting to shop for baling wire on price alone. Cheap baling wire can save you money in the short term, but can wind up costing you more in breakages, damage to your equipment and costly down time in the long run. We thought it would be helpful to set out some of the advantages of high-quality baling wire, and why you should consider more than just price when making your buying decisions.

Single-loop bale ties

single loop bale ties baling wireSingle-loop baling wire is used in vertical balers, where the wire is pushed through slots in the baler and then tied by hand. Poor-quality wire can make bale ties difficult to feed and tie, and cause them to snap under pressure. This leads to wasted ties and spilled material that must be rebaled.

Here are some other factors to consider:

  • Cheaper baling ties can be inconsistent in gauge, length and count per bundle.
  • The wire ties need to have the right balance between being stiff enough, so that you can easily push them through the slots, and malleable enough, so that you can tie them tightly by hand.
  • They also need to have the correct elongation and tensile strength, so that they don’t snap when the platen eases off the bale. The correct tensile strength also ensures that the bale maintains its shape after it’s tied, which allows for safer stacking and optimized shipping.
  • High-quality single-loop ties are consistent in loop size and in the number of twists creating the loop. If the loop isn’t twisted properly, it can become unraveled once the bale is tied and the wire is under pressure.
  • Lower-quality single-loop ties may also not have the correct finish, causing them to rust and making them harder to feed and more likely to break.

Double-loop bale ties

double loop bale ties baling wireThe same considerations that apply to single-loop ties apply here as well. A few other factors to consider are:

  • The loops on double-loop bale ties have to be perfectly formed, so that they link together easily and stay connected.
  • It’s also critical that the ties are exactly the same length and have the correct tensile strength, so that all the ties on each bale stretch at the same rate. Lower-quality double-loop ties can stretch or snap more easily, causing bale distortion or breakage.

Automatic baling wire – carriers or stems

automatic baling wire_carrier stemsAutomatic baling wire is designed for use with high-precision automatic wire tiers. It’s fed through finely tuned rollers, grippers and twisters inside the tier. The same factors mentioned above apply here. Plus, poor-quality baling wire can cause damage to your tier, costing you big money in terms of repairs and down time.

The highest-quality automatic baling wire will have totally consistent gauge, tensile strength and finish. If your wire tier is set for 12 gauge and you try to use 11 gauge, your tier will likely jam. Similarly, using a gauge that’s too small will cause accelerated wear or damage to the tier, necessitating costly repairs and down time.

Automatic baling wire – boxed

automatic baling wire_boxedAutomatic boxed wire is typically black annealed. This oiled coating allows the wire to slide easily and not get tangled as it’s pulled around the bales by the automatic tier. The oiled coating also prevents rust. Again, the same factors above apply to boxed wire. It’s important that automatic boxed wire be accurate and consistent in all these parameters to maximize baler throughput and profit.


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