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Bulldog Winch Utility Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 6,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Utility Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 6,000 lbs

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This versatile winch with 1.87-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer or into your garage. Includes a hand-held remote with a 6' lead, a free-spool clutch, and a power unit you can mount remotely. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW10004 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Utility Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 6,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10004

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • Jeep Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • 4400 - 6000 lbs
  • Wire Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Non-Submersible
  • 2.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake

This versatile winch with 1.87-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer or into your garage. Includes a hand-held remote with a 6' lead, a free-spool clutch, and a power unit you can mount remotely.


  • Standard-duty utility winch lets you pull cars, trucks, and other objects onto your trailer
    • Perfect for car haulers, race car trailers, pipe tops, tandem axles, and tilt trailers
    • Can also be used in a truck bed, garage, or workshop to pull vehicles, logs, and other heavy equipment
  • 1.87-hp, Permanent magnet motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor
    • Drain holes lets water escape to prevent moisture buildup
  • Dual 350-amp solenoids transmit power from the vehicle, trailer, or standalone battery to winch motor
  • Power unit includes soleniods, plastic housing, and electrical wiring
    • Wiring kit (BDW20132 - sold separately) lets you remotely mount the power unit
  • Automatic, mechanical brake holds 100 percent of the load while minimizing winch creep
  • All-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train
    • Provides increased drum speed when compared with worm drives and 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains
  • Rubber, hand-held remote with 6' lead powers the load in and out
    • Wireless remote control (BDW20156 - sold separately) available
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
    • Gearbox can be rotated 360 degrees so you can reach the clutch handle no matter where you mount the winch
  • 5/16" Diameter zinc-plated wire rope is strong and abrasion resistant
    • 85' Long, aircraft-grade galvanized steel cable
    • 1/4" Steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Steel roller fairlead with thick frame
    • 4 Rollers reduce friction and wear on the rope
    • Silver-zinc-plated finish resists corrosion
  • Mounting hardware for winch and roller fairlead included
    • Mounting plate sold separately
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist corrosion
    • Dacromet-plated motor tube resists internal corrosion
  • Tie-bars and extra-thick side frames help to create a strong and rigid winch body


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of wire rope around the drum):
    • Static load: 6,000 lbs
    • Rolling load: 60,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 30 amps
      • Line speed: 10 FPM
    • Line pull at 6,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 320 amps
      • Line speed: 3 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 307:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 2 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 85' long x 5/16" (7.2 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 16-15/16" long x 6-5/16" wide x 8-5/8" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 5-3/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern (center to center): 6-1/2" x 4-1/2"
  • Distance between roller fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 6-1/2"
  • Winch weight (with wire rope installed): 53 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

BDW10004 Utility Winch

This versatile, standard-duty utility winch lets you pull cars, trucks, and other objects from nearly any stable surface. You can use it to pull vehicles onto your trailer, pull logs or deer into the back of your truck, or pull vehicles, engines, and other objects into your garage. The winch can be powered from your vehicle's battery, or it can be powered from a standalone battery if you are using it on trailer or in a workshop. It includes an 85' wire rope so you can pull from a greater distance when compared with standard trailer winches, a power unit that can be remotely mounted, and a free-spooling clutch for easy rope payout.

Standard-Duty, 1.87-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Utility Winch Motor

This winch features a 1.87-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 6,000 lbs of line pull. The permanent magnet motor has the same pull as a series-wound motor of comparable size but is lighter and uses less current. Built-in drain holes release the water created by motor heat to prevent internal moisture build-up. The motor is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Power Unit with Dual Solenoids

BDW Power Unit and Solenoid

There are dual 350-amp solenoids that transmit power from the vehicle or trailer battery to the winch motor. One solenoid powers inward rotation of the rope drum, the other solenoid powers outward rotation of the rope drum. The solenoids - located inside the power unit - are sealed to meet IP67 specifications for water and weather resistance. The motor is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

The power unit mounts on the tie bars over the rope drum. For convenience - or to free up space in a tight fit - you can also mount the power unit remotely with a special wiring kit (BDW20132 - sold separately).

Remote plugged into power unit

There is a rubber-sealed, weatherproof attachment port on the power unit for the remote control. An integrated rubber cap lets you cover the port when it's not in use.

Free-Spooling Clutch with Rotating Handle

BDW Free-Spooling Clutch freespool

This winch has a free-spool clutch that enables you to pull out the rope by hand. This saves battery power, prevents the brake from wearing down prematurely, reduces wear on the motor, and is much faster than waiting for the drum to unroll the rope. To release the clutch for free-spooling simply rotate the handle to the position indicated by the stick figure icon on the label. To reengage the clutch, rotate the handle back to the position indicated by the vehicle icon on the label.

The clutch is driven by a 3-stage planetary gear train. This provides more speed than traditional worm gear drives and 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains.

The gearbox can be rotated in 30-degree increments to 12 different positions to ensure that you can easily access the clutch handle no matter where the winch is mounted. This is great for custom applications, or on trailers or trucks where space is extremely limited.

The gearbox is sealed to keep out moisture, and it has a black powder coat finish for rust resistance. The chrome-plated clutch handle is stylish and weather resistant.

Automatic, Load-Holding Mechanical Brake

BDW Mechanical Brake

The automatic mechanical brake securely holds a load and prevents unintentional payout (or creep). A large spring coil contracts when the winch is in gear and the drum is winding in. When the winch stops, the load starts to pull and the spring expands to press against the spring chamber. The pressure of the spring on the wall of the spring chamber creates resistance to stop the drum from rotating outward. At maximum pressure the brake holds 100 percent of the load.

The friction created when the brake pads press against the drum generates heat. The steel tube drum is designed to disperse this heat across its entire surface. This prevents potentially damaging heat buildup near the motor.

Weather-Resistant Hand-Held Remote

BDW Handheld remote with integrated switch

The hand-held remote has a 12' lead and an in/out rocker switch that lets you control the winch at a safe distance. The rocker switch is sealed and water resistant so it won't get damaged in wet conditions. Simply plug the durable plastic remote into the power unit when you need to use it, and disconnect it to store it away when you aren't using it.

There is a wireless remote kit (BDW21056 - sold separately) that lets you control the winch from up to 100' away.

Wire Rope

BDW Wire Rope

The wire rope is made of high-strength, aircraft-grade galvanized steel that is zinc-plated to resist abrasions and withstand harsh UV rays, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.

The rope winds around a solid steel drum. The mounting flanges are strong enough to resist bending or breaking if the rope wrap becomes uneven and excess stress is put on the drum.

A hand-saver strap is included to use in conjunction with work gloves (BDW20070 - sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook. A rock bag (BDW20048 - sold separately) is also recommended. The rock bag helps prevent a broken rope from snapping back by forcing it to the ground.

Steel Hook

The removable clevis hook is made of forged alloy steel that is heavy duty and rust resistant. It has a spring-loaded safety latch for quick fastening and removal. The hook attaches to the steel thimble on the end of the wire rope.

Roller Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Roller Fairlead

The roller fairlead has a thick steel frame with 4 steel rollers. The rollers reduce friction when you're pulling the rope in or paying it out, and they prevent the rope from becoming pinched when pulling at extreme angles. The rollers have a silver-zinc-plated finish that is tough and corrosion resistant. The fairlead installs with zinc-plated hardware.

Note: The roller fairlead does not mount directly to the winch - it typically attaches to tabs on the winch mounting plate (sold separately). Bulldog Winch mounting plates - as well as most other aftermarket mounts - include these tabs.

Rugged Construction

BDW Winch Body

The winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The motor housing and gearbox are made of corrosion-resistant powder coated steel. The solenoids are sealed to keep water out, and the power unit is made of heavy-duty yet lightweight plastic. The steel tie bars and side frame drum supports help to create a strong and rigid winch body.


This versatile winch can be mounted to your trailer in several different ways. You can bolt the winch and fairlead to a mounting plate using the included hardware, then bolt the mounting plate to your trailer. This is the easiest method and does not require welding, but it does leave a footprint on your deck. You can mount the plate to the front rail of your trailer. This method elevates the winch so it's easy to reach and frees up valuable space on your deck, but will require welding the plate to the rail. You can also weld the plate to the front frame of the trailer so that the winch sits at at deck level without using up space on the deck.

You can mount the winch to your truck bed, workshop floor, or any other stable surface. Simply mount the winch and fairlead to a mounting plate (sold separately) then bolt the plate to the desired surface.

The included wiring lets you connect the winch to your vehicle's battery. You can also connect it to a trailer battery or a standalone battery for workshop installations. Quick connects (BDW20047 - sold separately) are available to make removing and re-installing the winch easy.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer6,00013
2nd Layer4,99029
3rd Layer4,28048
4th Layer3,73069
5th Layer3,3108547

The line pull capacity of your winch is determined by the maximum load your winch can pull with a single layer of rope on the drum. As more layers of rope are wound onto the drum, pulling the same load requires more force, leading to a loss in winching power. With a 2nd layer of rope around the drum, your line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 14 percent. With 3 layers on the drum, the line pull capacity is reduced by approximately 23 percent, and with 4 layers on the drum it is reduced by approximately 35 percent.

Note: It is recommended that you begin any line pull with a minimum of 5 wraps and a maximum of 2 layers of rope on the drum.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface60,000
5 (3°)40,020
10 (6°)30,120
20 (11°)20,400
30 (17°)15,660
50 (26°)11,160
70 (35°)9,180
100 (45°)7,740
rolling load

To calculate your winch's rolling load capacity - the amount of weight it can pull up an incline - you must multiply the line pull capacity by a factor determined by the degree of the incline.

The multiplication factors shown in the chart, right, include a 10-percent rolling friction factor.

Note: A 5-percent - or 3-degree - incline is a 1/2' rise over a 10' distance. Follow the chart to determine your winch's rolling load capacity.

Double-Line Pulling

Double-Line Pulling

Increase the pulling capacity of your winch by doubling up the rope with a pulley block (BDW20004 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to the vehicle being pulled with a bow shackle (BDW20006 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

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Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Utility Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 6,000 lbs - BDW10004

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

This versatile winch with 1.87-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull vehicles onto your trailer or into your garage. Includes a hand-held remote with a 6' lead, a free-spool clutch, and a power unit you can mount remotely.

- BDW10041

Review from a similar Standard Series in Electric Winch

very happy with the winch and mount, instructions were easily understood and the finished product was all it was said to be. will continue to deal with this business as they are professionals. 374274

- BDW10041

Review from a similar Standard Series in Electric Winch

just got it mounted and wired! this 8000lb winch will get me out of the bog holes. worked perfectly first time I touched the remote. can't beat it. my hunting club members call when they bog down. they will be happy as I am. 383003

I bottomed out twice the last day of deer season. the winch got me out both times. could not get any better than that. best winch I ever owned!
james d - 05/20/2018


- BDW10042

Review from a similar Standard Series in Electric Winch

Great pice great shipping would shop again .... 733687

- BDW10043

Review from a similar Standard Series in Electric Winch

I am very pleased with the folks at ETrailer Corp. Thier professionalism and follow up is much more than I have received from other companies. The products I have bought from them go far beyond my expectations. 539082

- BDW10041

Review from a similar Standard Series in Electric Winch

I purchased a Bulldog 8,000 LB winch. It showed up early even with free shipping. Kim P was the customer service rep I dealt with. She's definitely an asset for etrailer. Etrailer's price was much cheaper than any other place I could find it...not to mention the free shipping!! Job well done. 444514


Ask the Experts about this Bulldog Winch Electric Winch

  • Recommended Mounting Plate For Bulldog Mid-Range Recovery Winch
    The mounting plate that will work with the Bulldog 1.87 hp Standard Series Self-Recovery Winch, part # BDW10004 is part # BDW20019. This mounting plate is typically used on trailers and is designed for mid-range winches up to 6,000 lbs. This mounting plate has a 6-1/2 x 4-1/2 bolt pattern. I have attached a product review video you can check out.
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  • Recommendation for a Winch on a Car Hauler That Can Handle a 4,500 lbs Capacity
    For your car hauler I recommend the Bulldog Winch Utility Winch, # BDW10004. The Bulldog winch has a 6,000 lbs static load limit. The winch will include wiring, solenoids, housing to wire from the trailer up to the your vehicle. I also recommend the Bulldog Winch Universal Wiring Kit, # BDW20043. This kit will help finish wiring power to your vehicle's batter and to the winch located on the trailer. The kit includes quick connectors that will make connecting to the winch and disconnecting...
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  • Wiring Diagram for the Bulldog Winch 1.87 hp Standard Series Self-Recovery Winch # BDW10004
    Check out the picture I attached. It shows the wiring diagram you asked for on the Bulldog Winch 1.87 hp Standard Series Self-Recovery Winch # BDW10004.
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  • Power and Ground Wires Explained for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Self-Recovery Winch # BDW10004
    On the attached diagram the number 10 and 4 are for the motor of the winch. And then the 7 wire is for the positive wire that runs to the battery and 8 is for the negative that runs to the battery. So basically 7 and 8 get the power from the battery and then 10 and 4 deliver it to the winch motor as needed.
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  • Recommend Recovery Winch for a Kawasaki 3010 Mule Trans 4x4 Diesel
    I have the perfect option that will allow you to pull your Kawasaki 3010 Mule Trans 4x4 Diesel up a 40 degree incline. As you have identified the ATV weighing up to 1,400 lbs. you will want a winch with a line pull strength of 3,500 lbs. at minimum to account for the incline. For this, I recommend using the Bulldog Winch Custom-Fit Steel Winch Mount part # BDW15121 in addition to the Bulldog Winch Utility Winch part # BDW10004. This winch has a 1.87 hp motor with a 85' long steel cable...
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  • What Winches Fit the Bulldog Winch Mounting Plates
    We don't have a specific fit list for winches that will fit the Bulldog Winch Winch Mount # BDW20209 but when I have asked similar questions to Bulldog they have stated they try to make their winch mounts to be as universal as possible so that most all winches will attach. The Bulldog Recovery Winch part # BDW10004 is going to fit and work well on this mount.
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  • AC Powered Winch Recommendation with Over 90 feet of Wire Rope
    None of the Dutton Lainson winches like the part # DL24872 that you referenced have close to that length of wire rope and are not able to support that additional length due to the size of the drum and the strength rating of the winch. If you can get by with close to that length, the best recommendation I can give you is the Bulldog Winch Utility Winch # BDW10004 which has 85 feet of cable. To get past the 90 feet of cable if you absolutely need that length you would need the Bulldog...
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