What gauge wire is best for baling tires?

The best wire gauge for baling shredded tires depends on the type of baler and the bale size and weight. For vertical and horizontal balers, we recommend 10–12gauge wire. For two-ram automatic balers, we recommend 9–11 gauge wire.

Talk to your baler manufacturer, read your baler’s instruction manual, and talk to us to find the best baling wire for your equipment.

Choose a wire gauge based on the tensile strength and load strength requirements of your tire bales. Your wire’s load strength should exceed the weight of the bale. We suggest going with a heavier duty wire with a higher load strength if there is any uncertainty.

Remember, wire gauge is inversely correlated to wire diameter. The larger the diameter, the smaller the gauge, and vice versa. Lower gauges (thicker wires) will typically offer a higher load strength than higher gauges.

Best baling wire for tires

We carry several wire options for baling tires. The best type of wire for baling tires will also depend on storage conditions and duration. Here are some of the best options:

  • High-tensile wire is manufactured from high carbon steel. It is a popular choice for baling tires due to its increased load and tensile strength, which can handle the expansive pressure of tire bales.
  • Galvanized wire has undergone hot-dip galvanization to fortify it against rust and corrosion. Tires are often stored outdoors for long periods, making galvanized wire a great choice.
  • Single loop bale ties can be tied to different lengths to accommodate inconsistent bale sizes. They work with manual horizontal and vertical balers. We offer both black annealed and galvanized single loop bale ties. Galvanized bale ties offer enhanced abrasion-resistance for baled recyclables that are often handled roughly.
  • Double loop bale ties are pre-cut to length. The double loop configuration accelerates the tying process, increasing productivity.
  • Black annealed wire feeds smoothly through high-volume automatic baling machines that are commonly used in tire recycling. Annealing improves the wire’s elongation properties, which is especially useful for rubber materials (like tires) that are prone to expansion.

The benefits of recycling tires

Tire recycling contributes to environmental sustainability and resource conservation. Some of the key advantages include:

  • Reduces pollution by diverting rubber tires from the environment. Recycling efforts help reclaim millions of scrap tires left illegally in sensitive habitats.
  • Conserves landfill space for other materials. Tires take up a substantial amount of space in landfills due to their round and hollow shape. By recycling scrap tires, landfill space can be conserved.
  • Creates new products from recycled tire materials. Recycled tires are turned into useful products, such as tire-derived fuel, rubberized asphalt, flooring, railroad ties, and playground turf.
  • Prevents disease spread by eliminating mosquito and rodent habitats. Discarded old tires provide homes for disease-carrying rodents and mosquitoes. Scrap tire recycling helps eliminate these potential breeding grounds.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Impressive amounts of energy can be saved by recycling tires, ultimately leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The tire recycling process

The tire recycling process involves the following steps:

  1. Collection of used tires from individuals, gas stations, tire shops, and other sources.
  2. Removal of the steel wires embedded in the rubber for repurposing in the production of other steel goods. This often involves using dewiring equipment.
  3. Rubber processing through methods such as shredding, cryogenic grinding, and pyrolysis to create recycled materials such as synthetic turf, playground floors, and tire-derived fuel.
  4. Thorough cleaning and sorting of the resulting materials to decontaminate and ready them for repurposing.

The tire recycling process reduces the environmental impact of end-of-life tires, minimizes waste, and promotes the circular economy.

Tire recycling tips

Here are some tips to streamline your tire recycling initiative:

  • Properly store used tires to prevent them from breeding mosquitos or becoming fire hazards.
  • Stay informed about local and federal regulations regarding tire recycling, and take advantage of any available grants or subsidies for recycling facilities.
  • Use recycled tire products, such as rubber mulch or rubber flooring, in your business to support the market for recycled tire materials.

Baling wire products we offer

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

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