11 Gauge Black Annealed Stem Wire


Wire gauge11 Gauge
Load strength735 – 883 lbs.
Tensile strength65,000 – 78,000 psi (448.21–537.79 MPa)
Diameter (inch/mm)SWG (.116" / 2.946 mm) | Actual Size (.120" / 3.048 mm)
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Wire specifications

Our American-made 11 gauge black annealed wire provides superior ductility and performance for horizontal baling machines. A wax coating provides a smooth feed every time.

Wire gauge11 Gauge
Load strength735 - 883 lbs.
Tensile strength65,000 - 78,000 psi (448.21–537.79 MPa)
Diameter (inches/mm)Standard Wire Gauge or SWG (.116" / 2.946 mm) | Actual Size (.120" / 3.048 mm)
Elongation25% min
Carbon grade1018
Stem weight1,900 lbs. (Approx.)
Feet per stem49,058 feet (Approx.)
Quality controlExtensive testing
FinishThermal annealed with wax coating and oil

Annealed wire use cases

Our 11 gauge black annealed baling wire is ideal for many industries, including the following:




American-made baling wire

Every stage of our manufacturing life cycle is performed in the USA.

We buy steel billets from family-owned American steel mills. Billets are sent with metallurgical traceability documentation that allows us to guarantee that the final wire products will meet the needed specifications.

The manufacturing process begins when the newly-formed carbon steel wire is descaled through mechanical reverse-bending. This eliminates mill scale and surface rust and also reduces die wear. Even better, mechanical descaling means we eliminate harsh, environmentally unsafe chemicals from the production process.

Next, the baling wire is drawn through a heavy-duty, bull-block continuous wire machine and then air-cooled to ensure consistent tensile strength. From there, the wire is ready for the annealing process.

About the annealing process

The annealing process improves the ductility and flexibility of the wire. 

Annealing involves heating the steel above its recrystallization temperature, maintaining that temperature, and then cooling it. This process alters the wire’s microstructure to make it more workable.

After the wire is annealed, we apply a coat of wax to the finished product. This surface treatment provides a final layer of protection and also produces gorgeous wire that never leaves a mess and always feeds smoothly into horizontal auto-tie balers.

The BWD quality commitment

We’re committed to offering low prices, quality products, and quick delivery.

Our commitment begins in the factory. We carefully spool the wire through a coiling machine. The stem wire is then palletized, banded, and shrink-wrapped with care, ensuring it arrives at your doorstep in pristine condition.

Throughout the process, our Autoship™ system keeps you informed. You'll receive tracking information via your preferred contact method (email, text message), which will keep you updated throughout our 1–3 day standard delivery window.

With automated reordering and invoicing, our wire ships soon enough to ensure you don’t run out.

Common black annealed wire uses

The increased ductility of black annealed wire makes it a great choice for a wide variety of applications, including:

  1. Waste and recycling: in both the waste and recycling industries, black annealed wire is used for binding bales.
  2. Packaging: annealed wire is also used for strapping boxes and tying together various packaged goods.

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