About Bale Wire
Traditionally, bale wire is a type of wire used primarily for creating bales; however, it has come to have numerous modern uses in agriculture and elsewhere. Bale wire is also known as a soft wire. It is a modern version of the farm wire that came before it. In its modern state, it has been enhanced to meet contemporary needs. An essential necessity like duct tape, baling wire has become well known for its ability to support, fix and mend.
The History of Bale Wire
Bale wire has always been a useful commodity used by people to make life easier. It has been reported that the inventor of earmuffs, Chester Greenwood, used farm wire to create the headband for his invention in 1873. The innovation demonstrates an early need for soft, flexible wires that are still strong and durable.
Types of Baling Wire Today
Bale wire is made all over the world, with many manufacturers in the United States. The wire is usually made from either iron or steel and is typically sold in reels or rolls. There are several modern varieties of bale wire available. The wire can be “galvanized”, “annealed”, “galvanized and annealed” or simply designated as “heavy duty”.
Galvanized bale wire features an additional coating added to the wire. This coating is usually a protective material, such as zinc, that provides the wire with a supplemental resistance to corrosion and rust.
Annealed bale wire boasts decreased brittleness and increased strength in comparison to regular bale wire. This is possible through an annealing process of heating the wire and slowly cooling it. This process changes the actual microstructure of the wire itself to yield the aforementioned positive results.
A Useful Multipurpose Material
Baling wire’s versatile nature comes from its all-purpose strength and flexibility. Since there are various strengths and types of the wire, depending on what it will be used for, there is a variety to meet that need. Since some varieties can be easily cut, it is both economical and simple to use; yet it is still strong enough for rigorous tasks.
In agriculture, bale wire is most commonly known for making bales of hay. Chain link fences are easily mended using baling wire without any worry of wasting large amounts, because it can be easily cut to the needed size. It can be used for animal feeders, as well. Bale wire is also used to repair and mend other items around the farm.
The non-agricultural uses for bale wire are plentiful. A common staple for creating compact bales, the textile industry uses baling wire to create bales of cotton, jute, wool and other materials. These raw materials are then easier to transport from where they were grown or refined to their needed destination.
Bale wire is useful to car mechanics, as they may use baling wire to hold up mufflers that have become loose and in other similar fashions. Essential to waste management, bale wire is used to bind bales of compacted waste. It is also commonly used for recycling balers to make bales of compacted paper and plastic. All of these uses do not include the numerous household, improvised uses that it can be useful for.