Material Handling Wire Mesh Baskets

Custom Wire Baskets for Material Handling

Ensure the safe, stable transportation of your parts and components with a custom-made wire mesh or perforated metal basket solution from Three M Tool.

Wire Baskets for Safe Material Handling

Three M Tool designs and manufactures wire mesh baskets for handling a wide variety of small parts and components. Our industry experience enables us to recommend the right steel wire, features and coating for your unique application, resulting in a custom basket that can be relied upon to keep your parts safe and stable during handling.

Use Cases

Our versatile wire baskets have been utilized in many industries for the handling of various materials. You’ll find Three M Tool custom material handling baskets serving industries including:
  • Automotive
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • General Manufacturing
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Medical/Medical Device Manufacturing


Our design and manufacturing process allows us to offer many standard and custom features and additional services as required by your application. We frequently manufacture unique lids and dividers to keep components secure during coating and finishing processes and transport. We have also designed and implemented new grid configurations, specialized welding processes, and other innovations to meet our customers’ needs.

Materials We Use

Selecting a base material for a wire basket design is a balancing act between material characteristics: Weight vs. strength, cost vs. corrosion resistance, etc. We strive to optimize performance by understanding each material’s strengths and weaknesses to choose the best material for each application. Below is an overview of our most commonly-used materials and their recommended usages:

304 Stainless Steel

The most common of the industrial stainless steel grades, 304 stainless steel is readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and is relatively easy to form and weld. Good for high-temperature applications (up to 1200° F,) wet and mildly caustic environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

316 Stainless Steel

Slightly stronger than 304 stainless, with better corrosion resistance and better high temperature strength, 316 stainless steel is readily available in most shapes. Compared to 304, it is still relatively easy to form and weld. Good for high-temperature applications (up to 1600° F,) salt water environments, and acidic and alkaline environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

330 Stainless Steel

Better high-temperature strength than both 304 and 316 stainless (up to 2200° F.) Limited selection of shapes available. Higher nickel content makes it more difficult to form and weld. Good corrosion resistance in acidic and alkaline environments. These qualities also apply to other high nickel-content alloys.

Carbon Steel

Also called mild steel, carbon steel is strong, inexpensive, easy to form and weld, and readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Carbon steel is a great choice for manual solvent cleaning, oil dipping, and indoor material handling applications. It offers very limited corrosion resistance in its natural finish, and is therefore generally not recommended for wet locations, acidic and alkaline environments, or ultrasonic or aqueous cleaning applications.

Our Work

Three M Tool Stainless Steel Crate

Formed Rod Crate for Plastic Bottles

This customer in the medical industry collects and processes plasma. They needed a durable stainless steel crate to refrigerate and store plastic bottles containing plasma. The crates needed to be corrosion-resistant stainless steel, lightweight, and cost-efficient.

Three M Tool Stainless Steel Basket with Lid

Custom Rectangular Wire Mesh Basket with Lid

Our custom medium-duty rectangular baskets use resilient carbon or stainless steel, sturdy welds, and durable frames for a long service life in even the most rigorous industrial environments.

Three M Tool Dip and Drain Wire Mesh Basket

Dip & Drain Wire Mesh Basket

After witnessing a messy, non-standardized cleaning process at an industrial manufacturing plant, the Three M Tool team created a custom dip and drain wire mesh basket to facilitate the cleaning and draining of small parts with less mess and more efficiency.


Yes, part protection is very important when the baskets are used to clean and transport parts. Most of the time the parts will need to be secured in a lid or grid design, be stackable, and be strong and durable to prevent damage when moving through transport.

Let’s talk about your needs.

The expert TMT team will consult with you about your unique application and recommend the best wire basket solution.

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