Annealed Wire: baling wire that has been made softer and more flexible through its chemistry and heat treatment. Black annealed baling wire will have a tensile strength of 69,000 to 75,000 PSI.


Baling Wire: also known as bale wire, is a type of wire used to band or secure together corrugated cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum, foam, tires, textiles and other materials that are processed in the waste and recycling industry. Baling wire used in the agriculture industry for to bind bales of hay, or straw, is also known as hay wire.


Elongation: amount of permanent give or stretch a strand of baling wire can withstand before breaking


Gauge: a measure of the diameter of baling wire. As the baling wire gauge numbers get bigger, the baling wire thickness gets smaller. This inverse relationship between the gauge number and baling wire thickness can be confusing. For example; 12-gauge wire is going to be thicker than a 14-gauge wire. Thicker Baling Wire = Smaller Gauge Number.


Hi-tensile Wire: baling wire although still ductile, is more rigid than annealed wire. It is used mainly in two-ram balers. Galvanized hi-tensile baling wire will have a tensile strength of 145,000 to 175,000 PSI.


Tensile Strength: greatest amount of longitudinal stress or force a wire can withstand before breaking. This number is expressed in PSI (pounds per square inch). Baling wire with low tensile strength will break under a lesser load than baling wire with high tensile strength.


Yield: the point of tension at which elongation begins.


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