12 Gauge Black Annealed Stem Wire


Wire gauge12 Gauge
Load strength565 – 676 lbs.
Tensile strength65,000 – 78,000 psi (448.21–537.79 MPa)
Diameter (inch/mm)SWG (0.104" / 2.642 mm) | Actual Size (0.105" / 2.667 mm)
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Wire specifications

Made in America and manufactured to high-quality standards, our black annealed wire is optimized for use in single-ram horizontal balers, making it a perfect choice for recycling applications. The annealing process improves ductility and flex, and an additional wax coating provides further protection while ensuring a smooth, mess-free feed.

Wire gauge12 Gauge
Load strength565 - 676 lbs.
Tensile strength65,000 - 78,000 psi (448.21–537.79 MPa)
Diameter (inches/mm)Standard Wire Gauge or SWG (0.104" / 2.642 mm) | Actual Size (0.105" / 2.667 mm)
Elongation25% min
Carbon grade1018
Stem weight1,900 lbs. (Approx.)
Feet per stem64,011 feet (Approx.)
Quality controlExtensive testing
FinishThermal annealed with wax coating and oil

Baling wire applications

Our 12 gauge automatic wire is the ideal choice for the waste industry and beyond. Common applications include:




Quality is our guarantee

We take the utmost pride in producing our wire products. Our quality guarantee is built into our manufacturing process.

It all starts with US-manufactured steel that we buy from family-owned mills. To ensure our steel hits the mark each time, we require metallurgical traceability documents to be provided with every purchase.

From there our 125-person production staff and five onsite engineers get to work making our annealed wire. The steel is subjected to a mechanical reverse-bending descaling technique that reduces die wear while removing scale and rust to create a scale-free, smooth wire. 

Our mechanical approach also eliminates the need to use dangerous chemicals, which keeps staff safe and the environment clean.

Next, the wire is drawn through a heavy-duty, bull-block continuous wire machine, and the low-carbon steel is air-cooled to ensure consistent tensile strength. Once the wire has cooled, it’s sent on to be annealed.

The annealing process

The annealing process creates a uniform atomic structure, increases ductility, and reduces brittleness. The process involves heating the wire above its recrystallization temperature, maintaining that temperature, and then cooling it.

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 smooth wire that never leaves a mess and always feeds properly into single-ram auto-tie balers.

The final product is easy to use and durable. The increased workability of annealed wire is what makes it such a popular product for industrial use.

Most common black annealed wire uses

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

  1. Waste and recycling: in both the recycling and waste industries, black annealed wire is used for binding bales of garbage or recyclables such as cardboard.
  2. Packaging: black annealed wire is used for strapping boxes and tying together various packaged goods.
  3. Construction: In the construction industry, black annealed wire is used for tasks such as reinforcing steel bars and binding building materials together.

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