What is 14 gauge wire used for?

14 gauge baling wire is commonly used in the recycling and waste management industries to bundle and bale materials. Its purpose is to compact and securely bind materials into manageable bales for efficient handling, transportation, and storage.

14 gauge is our thinnest baling wire. It provides sufficient load strength, tensile strength, durability, and flexibility to tackle most jobs, but it is not particularly suited for heavy-duty baling applications.

Recycling applications

Recycling facilities use 14 gauge wire to bale recyclable materials, including:

Other applications

14 gauge baling wire is also commonly used on farms and construction sites for:

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

14 gauge baling wire features

Here are some of the notable features and advantages of 14 gauge wire.

Versatility and efficiency

Its strength and workability make 14 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

14 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. 

Good for baling lighter materials

14 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 14 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.).

14 gauge wire products

We sell 14 gauge baling wire in the form of single-loop bale ties (galvanized and annealed) and galvanized stem wire.

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

14 gauge galvanized wire by the stem

Our 14 gauge galvanized stem wire is a great choice for outdoor baling and non-baling applications. Baling wire does eventually rust, but galvanized wire resists rust longer due to its protective zinc coating. Galvanized wire is commonly used to bale recyclables that are stored outdoors.

Each stem weighs about 1,330 lbs, and comes with 77,911 feet of wire.

14 gauge black annealed single-loop bale ties

Our 14 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties are used with manual balers and feature a single loop. Their wax finish ensures smooth handling, and the increased flexibility of annealed wire is great for baling expansive materials.

We sell black 14 gauge black annealed single loop bale ties in bundles of 125 and 250 at lengths of 8–21 feet.

14 gauge galvanized single-loop bale ties

Our 14 gauge galvanized single loop bale ties work 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 Class 1 and Class 3 galvanizing to meet varying corrosion resistance needs. Class 3 galvanization provides a thicker zinc coating for jobs that require enhanced protection from the elements.

Our 14 gauge galvanized single loop bale ties come in bundles of 125 and 250 at lengths of 8–21 feet.

How thick is 14 gauge wire?

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

Wire gauge is a measurement that comes 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.

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

Our 14 gauge wire products are 0.077–0.079 inches (1.96–2.01 mm) in diameter.

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