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.