Lead wire is used in a range of different applications. It can be used for soldering, which is one of the primary uses, as well as in bullet wire, which is lead wire that is manufactured using standard or custom options in bullet alloy.
The Basics of Lead Wire
With the soft nature of lead, particularly the purer forms of lead, it is ideal in wire form and can be wound on spools for ease of use. This also makes it easy to transport and store, which is important for any business to consider.
The wire is made using an extrusion process. In other words, the lead is pushed through a die in an extrusion system to create a uniform, perfectly round diameter. The controlled and standard pressure pushing the melted lead through the die allows for uniform density both in melted form as well as when it cools.
A lead wire spool is not one long wire, as would be found with copper wire or other forms of solder. Instead, the lead wire is cut into lengths and then wound on the spool. These lengths are typically ten feet, which is a practical length to work with on jobs.
Depending on the total length of the wire, a lead wire spool can weigh a standard 25 pounds or a larger 50 pounds is also possible. Some manufacturer can also pack the spools in drums or in coils, giving customers options as to the best configuration for their needs.
Buying from the Manufacturer
While it may be possible to find lead wire spool at general contractor supply or in an industrial supply company, the lowest cost option is often to buy directly from the manufacturer. This is also the best option if you require other lead materials or components, and working with one supplier is always a better option than working with multiple suppliers and managing multiple deliveries and invoices.