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Which Wire is Right for You?

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When you’re unfamiliar with wire and its purposes, it can be hard to distinguish between the many different types out there and work out which one you need for your job. You might not even know just how many different types there actually are, after all, surely wire is just wire, right? How much of a difference can there be between, say, black annealed wire and galvanised?

In reality, there are about as many different types of wire as there are functions for them and some can even be manufactured specifically to suit the requirements of the client and the purpose it’s being used for. So from not knowing the difference between any given type, it can suddenly become even harder to work out which one you need and should be using for your job.

Luckily, once you know a little bit more about the different types and what they’re primarily used for, it becomes far easier to work out which one you’ll be needing. So here are some of the more common jobs where wire is required and the types necessary for each.

Manual work, repairs and DIY jobs


If you’re just looking for some wire to complete some basic tasks around the home and garden or even if you have a larger manual job, baling wire is probably going to be the type of wire you’re after. Baling is strong and ductile, meaning it can be used in almost any setting where wire is required, whether that’s industrial or agricultural. If you’ve heard the term ‘spit and baling wire’ before—as a general reference to a basic fix-all—then this is where it came from: baling wire is one of those products.  For manual tasks, cut and looped baling wire is the type you’ll need. This has been designed specifically to be used by hand, so whether you use it to make a repair or hold something together, this is the type of wire you’ll be needing. It’s also a great tool to keep around the house for DIY purposes.



When wire is needed to on an industrial scale for packing up large parcels and materials before transport, rewound coils are necessary. These are typically either made from baling wire or black annealed wire—usually made from steel—that has gone through a heat treatment to make it more ductile. These offer complete flexibility, so are perfect for packing up larger objects and products. They’re sold on palates, which are light and easy to transport to wherever they’re needed. As they’re used with a baling press, they are also produced to the exact length and diameter specified by the client, for the utmost precision, which is vital when you’re using wire with automatic machinery.

Steel stockholders


Steel has so many uses, not least in construction, where large amounts of the heavy-duty metal are required to build structurally sound buildings. Obviously there needs to be some way to transport the steel from the stockholders to the construction site or wherever else it is needed. For this job, catchweight coils come in. These are strong enough to be relied upon to hold together large amounts of steel while they’re transported to where they’re needed and for this, black annealed wire is most commonly used.

Waste disposal


Wire is essential in waste disposal and is used throughout the process to hold together large amounts of waste in bales, making it easier to handle, store, transport and eventually put into the ground. Without the wire to hold the waste together in these compressed bundles, the whole process of waste disposal would be very different than how it is. For this essential purpose, galvanised or black annealed formers are required.



Similar to waste disposal, wire is also needed in recycling to keep all the materials together throughout the process before they are ultimately shipped off to be resold to manufacturers and companies. So once again, wire is an essential part of the process that helps it all to run smoothly. Galvanised or black annealed formers save the day again with this.

Waste to energy schemes


Waste to energy schemes often mean our old rubbish being destroyed in special incineration plants, with the energy extracted from this then used. The only problem with this is that the usual metal wire used for waste disposal can’t be burned with the waste, so has to be removed prior to it going into the incinerator. Needless to say, this is a time-consuming affair that makes the whole process a little less efficient. So for this purpose, plastic baling wire is the type that’s needed. This new form of baling wire is ideal for this as, unlike its metal counterpart, it doesn’t need to be removed from the waste before it is burned. Therefore, the procedure can run much more smoothly without any such inconveniences. Condensed in its bales still, the mass can also be reduced much more efficiently, for better results all round.


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