Browse Month: February 2020

What Wire is Best for My Machine

In the first place, choosing the right wire for your baling machine is vital to ensure you’re producing bales that can be stored and transported with minimal hassle. But it’s equally important to get the right wire to maintain the long-term functionality of your machine. If you’re using the wrong type of baling wire, this can cause unnecessary wear and tear as well as potential stoppages. These kinds of logjams not only impact operational efficiency but they can also be dangerous as they may require manual intervention from an employee. And that’s when injuries occur.

The Golden Rule: Always Consult the Manual

When operating any baling machine, your first point of information should always be the instruction manual. Manufacturers typically recommend a specific type of wire in here, specifying the requisite gauge (thickness) and best material for the job. You should also try to keep a tame industry contact who you can talk to if there’s every any aspect of your machine you’re uncertain about. For most baling machine users, this will be the person who sold it to you, whether it was a new or second-hand machine.

Weigh Up What You’re Baling

Different machines will output bales of different weights and sizes. The most common types of baler are the vertical, horizontal and two ram machines, and each of these produces a slightly different end product. From lowest- to heaviest-duty, the three most common types of baling wire are:

Which of these you choose will depend on the baler you are using and the material you are trying to bale. Horizontal balers produce large mill-sized bales. Trying to bind these up with basic single loop bale ties is tempting fate and using plastic ties is courting disaster. You’ll obviously need something more heavy-duty. Alternatively, if you’re trying to bale together comparatively small amounts of waste material, there’s no point spending more money on more heavy-duty high-tensile wire, when single loop bale ties would secure the load just as well.

Consider Wire Quality

Whichever type of wire you figure you’ll need, make sure you don’t cut any corners. Quality matters as much as if not more than its tensile strength and ductility. If it’s poorly manufactured in the first place, then this can cause a lot of problems with wires breaking and getting jammed. By using high-quality wire that’s suited to the job in hand, you’ll considerably limit the likelihood of disruption to your livelihood.

Don’t give your money away to anyone less than a quality supplier. When you buy our US-manufactured black annealed wire, you’re purchasing a product with:

  • 100% U.S. manufactured steel billets with metallurgically certified chemical composition.
  • Wires run continually through a bull-block wire machine to maintain optimum tensile strength.
  • Individually annealed strands heated to 850°C in a fluidized sand furnace.
  • A carefully applied coat of wax applied across the strands for smoothness.

Always know what you’re buying. When it comes to choosing which baling wire to use, think about the weight load of the materials you’re going to compact, work out which gauge your machine uses and never be tempted to cut corners. At Baling Wire Direct, we supply you with nothing but the best.

Baling Shredded Paper: A Guide

Every year in the USA, over 68 million tons of waste paper are recovered and put to use again, achieving a recycling rate of close to 65%. A lot of businesses produce a lot of paper and the first two steps towards meeting this recycling rate are shredding and baling. A common waste disposal strategy nowadays is for businesses to call in mobile shredding companies to take care of their excess paper. From there, clever shredders can bale their own waste and take this to a recycling facility for processing into new paper.

Why bale?

Baled waste materials will generally fetch a higher price from recycling centers. If you have your own baler, this saves you having to pay somebody else to use theirs or selling your shredded paper at a lower rate. If you’re disposing of sensitive documents, baling your own shredded material can add an extra layer of security for your customers as well.

Which bale?

The two main types of balers on the market are vertical and horizontal. Vertical balers are fed from top to bottom. You place material into a hopper by hand before lowering the baling ram in order to compact the material into a cube. Horizontal balers use a hydraulic ram to smash shredded paper into a long rectangular bale. When you’ve crushed the paper into a dense and manageable bale, you feed wires through specially designed slots in the machine to tie it together.

Which wire?

Another distinction is between manual-tie and auto-tie balers. An auto-tie baler can speed up the loading process, allowing the entire contents of a shredding truck to be baled within the space of half an hour. Manual-tie balers will add a little time onto the shredding journey.

For any size bale, you should make sure it’s securely tied. For lightweight baling, plastic banding can be a better option. But if you’re looking to crush out the kind of dense and heavy bales that will bring you genuine competitive advantage, you should invest in some of our seriously strong steel wire.

Where can I buy a baler?

Second-hand baling equipment is freely available and can offer you some upfront savings compared to brand new machinery. Of course, any cost savings will disappear if your machine starts to malfunction. For this reason, it’s important to eschew the likes of eBay and buy from someone who knows about baling equipment. They’ll be better equipped to set you up with something that’s fit for purpose, help you make any necessary repairs and provide you with service and aftercare.

A brand new baler will have all the latest features to maximize safety and productivity. You’ll also probably be offered a comprehensive manufacturer’s guarantee if you buy direct. These things alone can make it an excellent long-term business investment.

Whichever pathway you choose for your business, make vendor relationship management a part of it. It’s so crucial to establish a rapport with a trustworthy vendor at the point of purchase so that you have a baseline of ongoing support. Having someone to troubleshoot problems as you progress should create stable foundations for long-term business growth and bountiful baling.

And if you ever need advice on wires, get in touch!