14 Gauge Galvanized Carrier Wire


Wire gauge14 Gauge
Load strength402 – 478 lbs.
Tensile strength80,000 – 95,000 psi (551.58 – 655 MPa)
Diameter (inch/mm)Actual Size (.077" - .079") / (1.9558 mm - 2.0066 mm)
1 Stems

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Wire specifications

Our 14 gauge galvanized stem wire offers strength, durability, and flexibility, making it a perfect choice for baling recyclables such as magazines, plastics, carpets, aluminum cans, OCC, and e-waste.

Wire gauge14 Gauge
Load strength402 – 478 lbs.
Tensile strength80,000 – 95,000 psi (551.58 – 655 MPa)
Diameter (inch/mm)Standard Wire Gauge or SWG (.080" / 2.032 mm) | Actual Size (.077" - .079") / (1.9558 mm - 2.0066 mm)
Elongation12% Min
Carbon grade1018
Stem size1,330 lbs. (Approx.)
Feet per stem77,911 feet (Approx.)
Quality controlExtensive testing on every carrier
FinishHot-dip galvanized with molten zinc

Use cases

An excellent choice for baling recyclable materials, our galvanized wire can also be used for drop ceilings, fencing, vineyard trellising, palletization, and other non-baling applications.




American-made wire products

Baling Wire Direct manufactures high-quality baling wire and bale ties using premium US steel purchased from family-owned mills. We require full metallurgical traceability documents to guarantee proper load capacity, tensile strength, and durability.

Once we have the steel, our team of more than 120 staff and 5 onsite engineers monitor the manufacturing process and maintain the highest quality standards. The steel wire is fed through a mechanical reverse-bending descaling technique that removes scale and rust to create a scale-free, smooth wire.

Mechanical descaling also eliminates harsh, environmentally unsafe chemicals from the production process, which keeps staff safe and the environment clean.

To achieve the desired wire diameter, the baling wire is drawn through a heavy-duty bull-block continuous wire drawing machine that incrementally stretches and thins the wire. Finally, the wire is air-cooled to promote a homogeneous crystalline structure and ensure consistent tensile strength.

The galvanizing process explained

The galvanization process involves subjecting the wire to a hot-dip zinc coating to prevent rust and abrasion. The zinc layer establishes an oxide barrier, offering a formidable shield against the elements.

The galvanized wire manufacturing process involves the following 7 steps:

  1. Surface preparation: first, bale wire gets thoroughly cleaned to remove any impurities and prepare the wire surface for the zinc coating.
  2. Pickling: the wire then enters an acid bath which strips away remaining oxides and scales, preparing the surface to receive galvanized zinc layers.
  3. Fluxing: the wire becomes immersed in a flux solution (zinc ammonium chloride), which prevents oxidation and enables uniform zinc coatings.
  4. Galvanizing bath: the wire then gets lowered into a 450°C molten zinc bath to submerge the wire, initiating the galvanization process.
  5. Alloy formation: when immersed, the iron in the wire reacts with the zinc to form protective zinc-iron alloy layers that resist both abrasion and corrosion.
  6. Withdrawal: the wire gets gradually pulled from the zinc bath, allowing excess coatings to properly drain off for an evenly layered finish.
  7. Quenching: water quenches the zinc-coated wire to solidify all galvanized layers, completing the process.

The process results in a resilient zinc coat that protects against wear and corrosion. To further enhance our galvanized wire, we apply a microcrystalline wax sealant. The result is a tough, protected wire capable of withstanding harsh environmental conditions.

Galvanization classes we offer

We offer both Class 1 and Class 3 galvanization. The galvanization class refers to the thickness of the protective zinc coating. Class 1 is the more economical choice, but Class 3 provides an enhanced toughness that pays off in the long run:

  • Class 1 galvanization involves a single dip in a zinc coating, achieving a minimum coating thickness of 0.28 ounces per square foot. This basic zinc coating is often sufficient for farm use. However, Class 1 wire has a relatively short lifespan, lasting between 2–11 years depending on environmental factors.
  • Class 3 galvanization involves dipping the wire into molten zinc twice, leading to a thicker coating of 0.80 ounces per square foot. The resulting wire is significantly more durable and lasts between 13–30 years.

Our quality commitment

Baling Wire Direct takes pride in being a baling wire industry leader. That’s why we subject our products to rigorous testing against the toughest industry standards, resulting in high-quality products.

Our engineering focus allows us to produce superior-quality wire products, and our devotion to quality control ensures subpar wire gets removed. Our clients only receive high-quality baling wire built to take on tough jobs. Our streamlined production and distribution network guarantees exceptional wire and low prices. And our commitment to customer service has earned us a high customer rating.

AutoShip™ is our automated reordering and tracking system. It delivers real-time shipping updates via SMS and email address. We offer timely delivery in only 1–3 days. By using the AutoShip™ automated reordering system, you can maintain supply as demand fluctuates.

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Galvanized steel wire is just one of our many high-quality baling wire products. Some of our other offerings include bale ties, black annealed wire, and high-tensile wire.

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