Wireshop Buyers Guide – Wire Sizes Explained

Introduction: About this guide

This document contains everything you need to know about our range of wire products, but remember, if there is anything we have missed, do not hesitate to contact us.

Contents


Stainless Steel

Wireshop holds stocks of stainless steel wire in both rounds and profiles.

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Stainless Steel Wire Size Guide

W.NrAISIEN 10088-3

1.4301
1.4306
1.4307
1.4404
1.4401
1.4310
1.4305
1.4541
1.4570
1.4370
1.4005
1.4006
1.4016
1.4028
1.4034
1.4035
1.4105
1.4113

Diameters

Condition

Packaging

304
304
304L
316L
316
302
303
321
303cu
307
416
410
430
420
420HIC
420+S
430F
434

Round Wire
Profile Wire

Annealed
Light Drawn

Cut Lengths
Coils
Formers
Spools

X5CrNi18-10
X2CrNi19-11
X2CrNi18-9
X2CrNiMo17-12-2
X5CrNiMo 17-12-2
X10CrNi18-8
X8CrNis18-9
X6CrNiTi18-10
X6CrNiCuS8-9-2
X15CrNiMn18-8
X12CrS13
X12Cr13
X6Cr17
X30Cr13
X46Cr13
X45CrS13
X6CrMoS17
X6CrM017-1

0.25 – 8.00 mm dia.
Upto 45 mm2 area

Hard Drawn
Specified Tensile

10 mm – 4000 mm
1 kg – 1000 kg coils
500 – 1000 kgs
Vast range available

Stainless Steel Wire FAQ’s

How to cut stainless steel wire

Stainless steel wire can be de coiled and cut to length by processing through a wire straightening and cutting machine, which uses a rotating spinner which revolves around the wire as it is passed through and this straightens the wire and cuts it to length.

How to straighten stainless steel wire

Stainless steel wire can be de coiled and cut to length by processing through a wire straightening and cutting machine, which uses a rotating spinner which revolves around the wire as it is passed through and this straightens the wire and cuts it to length.

How to crimp stainless steel wire

Stainless steel wire can be crimped using a fly press or hydraulic press.

How to bend stainless steel wire

Stainless steel wire can be bent in to shapes using a CNC bending machine, or for small batches a hand bender like an Atlas bender or similar tool.

How to harden stainless steel wire

Stainless steel can be hardened by heating to cherry red and quenching in oil.

How to clean stainless steel wire

Stainless Steel wire can be cleaned industrially using sulphuric acid or for smaller applications, stainless cleaner in aerosols.

What is stainless steel wire mesh?

Wire in a grid shape spot welded at the intersections.


Brass Wire

WireShop can supply brass alloy wire which is often known as high purity cold forming brass. It contains a high percentage of zinc alloy which allows for a greater cold working factor, alongside a high copper content which gives it excellent ductility.

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Brass Wire Size Guide

BS EN12166BS2873Chemical Symbol

63/37
70/30
80/20
85/15
90/10

CW508L
CW505L
CW503L
CW502L
CW501L
CW606N
CW614N

CZ108
CZ106
CZ103
CZ102
CZ101
CZ131
CZ121

CuZn37
CuZn30
CuZn20
CuZn15
CuZn10
CuZn35Pb2
CuZn39Pb3
Diameters

Condition

Packaging

Round Wire
Profile Wire 
Annealed (soft)
1/4 Hard
Cut Lengths
Coils
Formers
Spools
0.08 – 12.00 mm dia.
Up to 45 mm2 area 1/8 Hard
1/2 Hard
Spring Hard 10 mm – 4Mts
1 kg – 1000 kg coils
500 – 1000 kgs
Vast range available

Brass Wire FAQ’s

How to straighten brass wire

Brass wire can be de coiled and cut to length by processing through a wire straightening and cutting machine, which uses a rotating spinner which revolves around the wire as it is passed through and this straightens the wire and cuts it to length.

How to bend brass wire

Brass wire can be bent in to shapes using a CNC bending machine, or for small batches a hand bender like an Atlas bender or similar tool.


Carbon Steel Wire

Wire Shop is a supplier of carbon steel wires; we can supply annealed wire in both the bright condition and for mild steels the black annealed conditions. We are specialised in inter-annealed carbon steel wires.

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Carbon Steel Wire Size Guide

GradeEqv

Mild Steel
20/25C
40/45C
50/55C
60/65C
70/75C
80/85C
230M07Pb
230M07
100Cr6
WWLS

1.0300
1.4041
1.0541
1.0588
1.0611
1.0617
1.0676
1.0718
1.0711
1.3505
Sprasteel 100

C4D
C20D
C42D
C52D
C62D
C72D
C82D
EN1A Pb
EN1A
SAE 52100
Low Shrink Carbon

Diameters

Condition

Packaging

Round Wire
Profile Wire
Bright Annealed
BHDMS
Light Drawn
Galvanised
Specific TensileCut Lengths
Coils
Formers
Spools
0.08 – 14.00 mm dia.
Upto 45 mm2 areaBlack Annealed
Inter-Annealed
Copper Coated in house
Copper Washed
Hard Drawn 1.0 mm – 10 mm
1 kg – 1000 kg coils
500 – 1000 kgs
Vast range available

Carbon Steel Wire FAQ’s

What is carbon steel wire?

Carbon Steel Wire is a steel wire with a higher carbon content than mild steel typical 0.60% to 0.80% Carbon content.

What is carbon steel wire used for?

Carbon Steel wire can be used for a number of applications where the strength of the wire and resistance to bending is important, atypical use would be for sewing needles.


Low Carbon Baling Wire

Wire shop can supply low carbon black annealed mild steel baling wire on formers, in rewound coils or cut & looped. Used extensively in the recycling industry. We can supply quantities from 250Kg up to 25 tonne loads.

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Low Carbon Baling Wire Size Guide

GradeMild Steel
Diameters

Condition

 

Packaging

Round Wire

Black AnnealedCut & looped

Rewound Coils

Formers

Galvanised jam lock ties also available

2.65-4.0 mm dia.

 

3 Mts – 5 Mts long

25Kg or 45 Kg

500Kg – 1000Kg

Low Carbon Baling Wire FAQ’s

What is low carbon carbon wire used for?

Low carbon wire is used for manufacturing everyday items like cooker shelves, refrigerator shelves, wire mesh and general wire products. Low carbon wire can be annealed to soften the wire and used in applications where the wire needs to be twisted or tied, an example of this would be baling wire used to tie bales of recycled paper or card.


Nickel Chrome Wire

Nickel alloy wires hold many key characteristics. They are well known for their strength, high corrosion resistance, the ability to perform under high temperatures and excellent electrical resistance. Available in various alloys these nickel products have been produced for springs, furnaces, aerospace, the oil industry and many more.

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Nickel Chrome Wire Size Guide

GradeW.NrEqv
Nichrome 80-20
Nichrome 60-16
Nichrome 37-18
2.4869
2.4867
UNS NO6003
UNS NO6004
Ni+Cr+Fe
Nickel Chrome 80/20
Nickel Chrome 60/16
Nickel Chrome 37/18
One of the UK’s leading suppliers of Nickel Chrome 80-20

Packaging
SpoolsTo customers requirements
Coils0.50 kg coils through to 100+
Cut Lengths10 mm to 10 metres
Available in
Round Wire0.08 mm (0.00315”) to 12.00 mm (0.472” dia.)
Profile WireUp to 45 mm² area in any shape

Copper Wire

Wire Shop can supply copper wire in all forms including round, square, flat and shaped wire. Our copper wire can be drawn to your exact tensile and temper, whether it be dead soft or spring hard. Oxygen free copper wire is used in various industries including electronics (due to its high levels of conductivity), industrial fasteners and crafts.

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Copper Wire Size Guide

GradeBSEN 13602

C103
C101

CW 008A
CW 004A

C11000
C10200

Oxygen Free Copper (CuOF)
Electroytic Copper (CuETP)

Diameters

Condition

Packaging

Round Wire
Profile Wire 
Annealed (soft)
¼ Hard
Cut Lengths
Coils
Formers
Spools
0.08 – 12.00 mm dia.
Up to 45 mm2 area 1/8 Hard
1/2 Hard
Spring Hard 10 mm – 4 mts
1 kg – 1000 kg coils
500 – 1000 kgs
Vast range available

Shaped Wire

Wire Shop can offer shaped wire in a variety of materials with profiles to suit your drawing.

Examples of common shape wire profiles:

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Rail Shaped Wire Rail Shaped WireConvolute Shaped WireConvolute Shaped WireRectangle Shaped WireRectangle Shaped WireTrapezoid Shaped Wired Trapezoid Shaped Wired
Angled WireAngled Shaped WireConvolute Shaped WireConvolute Shaped WireT Shaped WireT Shaped WireChamph Shaped Wired Champh Shaped Wired
Oval Shaped WireOval Shaped WireChannel Shaped WireChannel Shaped WireWedge Shaped WireWedge Shaped WireSquare Shaped Wired Square Shaped Wired
Flat Shaped WireFlat Shaped Wire

Irregular Shaped Wire

Wire Shop can offer irregular shaped wire in a variety of materials with profiles to suit your drawing.

Examples of irregular shapes:

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Wire Mesh

Wire Mesh Size Guide

Wire Mesh Galvanised 7mmhole size 1/4″ (7mm)Wire Mesh Galvanised 13mmhole size 1/4″ (7mm)hole size 3/4″ (19mm)Wire Mesh Galvanised 25mmhole size 1″ (25mm)
Wire Mesh Galvanised 13mm x 25mmhole size 1/2″ x 1″ (13 x 25mm)Wire Mesh Galvanised 50mmhole size 2″ (50mm)

Wire Mesh FAQ’s

What is wire mesh used for?

Wire mesh could be used to manufacture window guards and guards for industrial machinery, it is also used for animal enclosures and BBQ bases.

What is chicken wire mesh?

Chicken wire is usually galvanised, but it can be PVC coated, the hole in the mesh comes in various sizes and is hexagonal. Chicken wire is also available made from a range of wire diameters, varying heights and lengths.

What to cut wire mesh with?

Wire mesh can be cut on a mechanical guillotine or with either bolt cutters or tin snips.

What is galvanized wire mesh?

Wire in a grid shape spot welded at the intersections and galvanised after production to prevent rusting.

Can rabbits chew through wire mesh?

Rabbits can not chew through steel wire mesh.

Can you paint wire mesh?

Wire mesh can be painted with most paints.


PVC Coated Wire Mesh

PVC Coated Wire Mesh Size Guide

Wire Mesh PVC Coated 13mmhole size 1/2″ (13mm)Wire Mesh PVC Coated 13mm x 25mmhole size 1/2″ x 1″ (13 x 25mm)Wire Mesh PVC Coated 25mmhole size 1″ (25mm)Wire Mesh PVC Coated 50mmhole size 2″ (50mm)

Hexagonal Wire Mesh

Hexagonal Wire Mesh Size Guide

Chicken Wire 13mmhole size 1/2″ (13mm)Galvanised Chicken Wire Mesh 25mmhole size 1″ (25mm x 25mm)hole size 1 1/4” (31mm x 31mm)Chicken Wire 50mmhole size 2″ (50mm x 50mm)

PVC Coated Hexagonal Wire Mesh

PVC Coated Hexagonal Wire Mesh Size Guide

Chicken Wire PVC Coated 25mmhole size 1″ (25mm)Chicken Wire PVC Coated 50mmhole size 2″ (50mm)

Security Fencing

Security Fencing Size Guide

Galvanised Security Fencing 3x1x72hole size 3″ x 1″ ( 75mm x 25mm )Galvanised Security Fencing 3x1x48hole size 3″ x 1″ (75mm x 25mm)Galvanised Security Fencing 2x2x72hole size 2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm) x 72″Galvanised Security Fencing 2x2x60hole size 2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm) x 60″
Galvanised Security Fencing 2x2x48hole size 2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm) x 48″Galvanised Security Fencing 2x2x40hole size 2″ x 2″ (50mm x 50mm) x 40″