How strong is 13 gauge wire?

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The strength of baling wire is influenced by its gauge (thickness). There is a clear correlation between wire gauge and wire strength; thicker wires are stronger than thinner wires, all else being equal.

For example, 13 gauge wire is not as thick as 10 gauge wire, and will therefore not be as strong in comparison.

Types of wire strength

While there are different measurements of wire strength, tensile strength is the most common metric to focus on:

  • Tensile strength represents the maximum pressure that a wire can endure when being pulled or stretched before it breaks. Expressed in units of force per unit area—MPa (megapascals) or psi (pounds per square inch).
  • Load strength measures the weight a wire can handle before failing. It is directly related to the wire's tensile strength and is measured in pounds (lbs).
  • Yield strength is the point of tension at which elongation begins. It is related to a wire's ability to stretch and maintain its integrity under stress.
  • Torsional strength measures a wire's ability to withstand rotational force without breaking or deforming.
  • Elongation is a measurement of the percentage a wire can stretch before breaking. It indicates the ductility of the wire, with a higher elongation percentage meaning the wire can undergo more stretching.

13 gauge wire strength specifications

Our baling wire is made with high-quality, American-made steel billets. Our meticulous manufacturing process exceeds industry standards for performance and reliability.

Here is a quick breakdown of the tensile and load strength specifications of our 13 gauge wire products.

Wire type

Tensile strength

Load strength

13 gauge galvanized stem wire

80,000–95,000 psi

509–604 lbs

13 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties

80,000–95,000 psi

509–604 lbs

13 gauge galvanized single loop bale ties

80,000–95,000 psi

509–604 lbs

If all other factors are the same, a lower-gauge wire will be stronger than a higher-gauge wire (e.g. a 12 gauge wire is stronger than a 14 gauge wire), given that gauge and diameter are inversely related.

Understanding wire gauge

Wire gauge is a measurement that comes from the manufacturing process, during which the wire is drawn through a series of progressively smaller holes. The drawing process uses a draw plate, which is a tool with a series of conical or cylindrical holes that decrease in size.

As the wire passes through each hole, its diameter is reduced by a specific increment. This process is repeated until the desired diameter is achieved.

The American Wire Gauge (AWG) system is dominantly used in North America, while the British Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) system is most commonly used in the United Kingdom and some other countries.

Baling wire products we offer

Baling Wire Direct sells the following high-quality baling wire products.

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