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Baling Wire

Steel baling wire comes in three different formats: Cut and Looped or in Reels.

Cut and Looped wire is for vertical mill-size balers and semi-automatic and closed-end horizontal balers.  The wire is cut into lengths, typically 4.5 to 5m long with a pre-formed loop in the end which is used to tie off the bale.

Black annealed and galvanized cut and looped baling wire from Bergmann Direct
Left: bundles of black annealed and galvanized cut and looped baling wire. Right: black annealed cut and looped wire

Lengths: the length can be . 4.5m is sufficient to go round one mill size bale (450kg bale) once. Bales will have four, five or six wires depending on the baler and the material being baled. Typical vertical mill size balers take four wires per bale for cardboard but five wires is becoming more common.

Thickness of wire: standard thicknesses vary between 2.8mm and 3.1mm which is enough for most materials like cardboard and plastics. Thicker wire up to typically 3.5mm or 3.8mm is possible and may be required for plastic bottles (HDPE and PET).

How many do you need? Cut and looped is sold in bundles of roughly 100 wires depending on weight. Each bundle is approximately 25kg so thicker wire will have fewer wires in the bundle. Work out what the number of bundles you need based on the number of wires per bale x number of bales over period of time you want the stock to last, divided by 100.


Wire in Reels is required for fully automatic balers.

Baling wire in reels from Bergmann Direct
Horizontal fully automatic balers require baling wire in reels. We need the maximum outer dimensions of the cartridge holder on the baler (if any) with your order.

Lengths: this will depend on the wire cartridge on your baler. It will be a metal box from which each wire will uncoil to the baler. The size of this box will govern how much wire is in the reel. tell us the maximum size of the cartridge. If the wire is dispensed from a former, rather than a cartridge we will need to know the diameter of the core. Wire on formers can be longer.

Thickness of wire: standard thicknesses vary between 2.8mm and 3.1mm which is enough for most materials like cardboard and plastics. Thicker wire up to typically 3.5mm or 3.8mm is possible and may be required for plastic bottles (HDPE and PET).

Delivery: on a pallet taking 2 to 3 days to arrive on a standard service. If you need the wires the next day, tell us and order as early in the day as possible. There will be a surcharge for next day deliveries.

Ordering and Payment: Call us on 0845 226 5803 or email us at or contact us through the contact form on this page.

If you have an account we can invoice you. We also accept all major credit and debit cards. new customers will be asked to pay by card.

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    Bergmann Direct supply a full range of vertical, semi-automatic horizontal waste balers and fully automatic horizontal balers.

    Our waste balers can handle all the standard materials such as cardboard, soft plastics (shrink-wrap, plastic sheeting), PET bottles, hard plastics, aluminium and steel cans even difficult materials such as RDF which require plastic strapping and wrapping to be compliant.

    Bergmann Direct supply a range of vertical balers. for cardboard, plastic and metal cans. Mill-size balers are ideal for low to medium volumes (0.3 – 1 tonne per hour) of cardboard, soft plastics, PET bottles*, aluminium and steel cans. UK paper mills require ‘mill-size’ bales in order to attract rebates on cardboard. Manually loaded and tied off. Bale pressure up to 50 tonnes. View the Vertical Baler range here.

    Semi - Automatic (Manual Tie) horizontal waste balers.are ideal for larger volumes (1 to 3 tonnes per hour) of cardboard, plastics, PET bottles*, aluminium and steel cans,  where volume loading is required from a bin lifter, bucket, forklift truck or a conveyor. All bales are ‘mill-sized’. The bales are tied off by hand and the bale is fully-ejected before another bale or another material is started. Bale pressure from 80 to 120 tonnes.

    The fully - automatic (auto-tie) horizontal waste required when volume processing 3 to 16 tonnes per hour. Bales are automatically tied off and pushed out (the bale behind pushes out the bale in front). Feeding is typically by bucket, forklift truck, conveyor or chute. All bales are ‘mill-sized’. Bale pressure from 40 to 120 tonnes.

    RDF is a difficult material which is often made up of small particles of residual waste after the main items have been outsorted. It requires a) high pressure; b) plastic ties and c) bale wrapping. You need a plastic tie facility on your baler which RDF balers.use and you will need a bale wrapper aswell. Feeding is typically by conveyor.