What is 13 gauge wire used for?

The waste management and recycling industries commonly use 13 gauge baling wire to bundle and bale materials. It serves to compact and secure materials into manageable bales for efficient handling, transportation, and storage.

13 gauge baling wire provides sufficient load strength, tensile strength, durability, and flexibility to tackle most baling jobs.

Recycling applications

Recycling and waste management facilities use 13 gauge wire to bale recyclable materials, including:

Other applications

13 gauge baling wire is also commonly used for:

  • Baling hay
  • Agricultural fencing and animal enclosures
  • Vineyard trellises
  • Orchard tree supports
  • Electric fencing
  • Hanging warehouse ceiling tiles
  • Binding construction materials
  • Reinforcing rebar

13 gauge baling wire features

Here are some of the notable features and advantages of 13 gauge wire.

Versatility and efficiency

Its strength and workability make 13 gauge wire a go-to solution for recycling facilities that deal with a diverse spectrum of recyclable materials. It also creates bales that are extra-compact and easy to manage, optimizing storage space and facilitating the efficient handling and transportation of materials.

Tensile strength

As one of our thinner wires, 13 gauge wire is strong enough for baling lighter, lower-density bales, but its load strength is not particularly suited for heavy-duty baling. If you are looking for a high-strength wire, consider one of our thicker gauges.


13 gauge wire is good for binding lighter materials such as foam, cardboard, and plastic. It is also commonly used for non-baling applications due to its workability and ease of use.

Our 13 gauge wire offers more flexibility than thicker gauges, with an elongation value of 12%. It is an excellent choice for baling lighter-weight materials that are prone to expanding (foam, cardboard, etc.). 

13 gauge wire products

We sell 13 gauge baling wire in the form of single loop bale ties (galvanized and annealed finish) and galvanized stem wire.

Our annealing process imparts extra ductility, while hot-dip galvanization adds a corrosion-resistant layer of zinc to our galvanized products.

13 gauge galvanized wire by the stem

Our 13 gauge galvanized stem wire is a great choice for outdoor baling and non-baling applications. Baling wire is prone to rust, but galvanized wire rusts much more slowly due to its protective zinc coating. 

Each stem weighs about 1,330 lbs, and comes with 59,557 feet of wire.

13 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties

Our 13 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties are used with manual balers and feature a single loop. Their wax coating ensures smooth handling, and the increased flexibility of black annealed wire helps when baling expansive materials.

We sell 13 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties in bundles of 125 and 250 at lengths of 11–21 feet.

13 gauge galvanized single-loop bale ties

Our 13 gauge galvanized single loop bale ties are a great choice for use with manual balers. They can be manually cut to virtually any length, which allows operators to tailor the tie to their exact needs. 

We offer different galvanization classes to suit your needs. Class 3 galvanization results in a thicker zinc coating for increased corrosion resistance and longevity.

We sell our 13 gauge galvanized single loop bale ties in bundles of 125 and 250 at lengths of 11–21 feet.

We also sell bale ties with two loops; check out our double-loop bale ties page if you’re interested in these.

How thick is 13 gauge wire?

Our 13 gauge wire products are 0.088–0.090 inches (2.24–2.29 mm) in diameter.

A wire’s gauge is inversely correlated to its thickness, counterintuitive as that seems. The larger the diameter, the smaller the gauge, and vice versa. 

Wire gauge is a measurement that originates from the baling wire manufacturing process of drawing steel rods 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 primarily used in North America, while in the United Kingdom and some other countries, the British Standard Wire Gauge (SWG) system is most commonly used.

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