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Bulldog Winch Heavy-Duty Series Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 15,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Heavy-Duty Series Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 15,000 lbs

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This heavy-duty winch with a 7.2-hp, series-wound motor is perfect for use on work trucks and commercial vehicles. The large steel body is built to pull heavy objects, and the ratcheting pawl brake ensures payloads won't slip during recoveries. Call 800-298-1624 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW10012 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Heavy-Duty Series Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 15,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10012

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • 15000 - 18000 lbs
  • Wire Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Medium Line Speed
  • Non-Submersible
  • 7.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake

This heavy-duty winch with a 7.2-hp, series-wound motor is perfect for use on work trucks and commercial vehicles. The large steel body is built to pull heavy objects, and the ratcheting pawl brake ensures payloads won't slip during recoveries.


  • Heavy-duty winch lets you recover a stuck vehicle, move boulders or logs, or pull a large vehicle onto a trailer
    • Perfect for fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and other work trucks and commercial vehicles
    • Designed for vehicles with a maximum GVW of 10,000 lbs
  • 7.2-hp, Series-wound motor delivers powerful and safe line pulling
    • Motor is more powerful, more efficient, and produces more torque than a permanent magnet motor
    • Drain holes let water and vapor escape to prevent internal moisture buildup
  • Sealed, 500-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
  • Power unit includes contactor, plastic housing, and all electrical wiring
    • Wiring kit (BDW20132 - sold separately) lets you remotely mount the power unit
  • Automatic, ratcheting pawl brake holds 100 percent of the load
    • Engaged pawls prevent the drum from spinning in reverse so a heavy load doesn't unintentionally pay out
  • 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 12' lead lets you operate winch from a safe distance
    • Weather-resistant switch powers the load in and out
    • Wireless remote control (BDW20212 - 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
  • 7/16" Diameter zinc-plated wire rope is strong and abrasion resistant
    • 92' Long, aircraft-grade galvanized steel cable
    • Spring tensioner (BDW20147 - sold separately) ensures rope correctly spools onto drum
    • 1/2" Zinc-dichromate-plated 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
  • Heavy-duty steel housing with thick side frames and tie bars create a strong winch body
    • Black powder coat finish is corrosion resistant
    • Dacromet-plated motor tube resists internal corrosion


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of wire rope around the drum): 15,000 lbs (static load)
    • Vehicle recovery capacity: 10,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 70 amps
      • Line speed: 10 FPM
    • Line pull at 15,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 350 amps
      • Line speed: 3 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 520:1
  • 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: 92' long x 7/16" (12 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 25-3/16" long x 8-1/2" wide x 10" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 3-1/2" diameter x 8-13/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern for foot forward installation (center to center): 10" x 4-1/2"
  • 8-Bolt mounting pattern for foot down installation (center to center): 10" x 6-5/16"
  • Distance between roller fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 10"
  • Winch weight (with wire rope installed): 158 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Please Note: Because of the size of this item, it ships via truck freight and only to the contiguous United States.

BDW10019 Heavy Duty winch

This winch pairs a large motor and body with an extra-thick wire rope to create the perfect package for heavy-duty recovery operations. Recover a stuck or damaged vehicle with a fire truck or ambulance, move logs and large boulders with your commercial truck, or even pull a large vehicle onto a flatbed tow truck. The winch has an automatic, ratcheting pawl brake that prevents a heavy load from unintentionally paying out the rope. The free-spool clutch lets you pay the rope out by hand for quick recovery operations, and the hand-held remote lets you operate the winch from up to 12' away.

Heavy-Duty, 7.2-Horsepower Motor

BDW Motor

This winch features a 7.2-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 15,000 lbs of line pull. The heavy-duty, series-wound motor is more powerful and more dependable than a permanent magnet motor, and it generates more torque and dispenses heat more efficiently. Drain holes at 6 and 9 o'clock release water and vapor created by motor heat to prevent internal moisture buildup. It is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the machined steel housing, dacromet-plated motor tube, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Power Unit with Sealed Contactor

Power Unit

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 500-amp contactor - located inside the power unit - is sealed to meet IP67 specifications for water and weather resistance. The copper terminals and zinc-plated hardware are corrosion resistant.

The rubber-sealed plug on top of the power unit houses the attachment port for the remote control. 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).

Free-Spooling Clutch with Rotating Handle

BDW Free-Spooling Clutch freespool

The free-spool clutch 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 or 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains. It includes a ring gear that slides over the planetary gear set to lock it in or out of gear.

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 and in-bumper applications, on vehicles where space is extremely limited, or when mounting the winch foot-forward with the clutch handle facing the radiator.

The gearbox is sealed to keep out moisture, and it has a black powder coat finish for rust resistance.

Automatic, Load-Holding Ratcheting-Pawl Brake

BDW Ratcheting Pawl Brake

The Heavy-Duty Series winch has an automatic, ratcheting-pawl brake that prevents unintentional rope payout (or creep). This brake - located inside the gearbox - is constructed of 2 spring-loaded pawls and a rotating central gear with teeth. When the winch is in gear and the rope is paying out, the pawls slide over the gear teeth with no resistance. When you are powering in the rope, the pawls engage with the teeth in the gear to provide resistance and help hold the load. This design provides a more secure hold for heavy loads when compared with a brake that relies on the pressure of a pad or spring on a drum. And the ratcheting-pawl brake does not generate potentially damaging heat buildup like a brake that presses against a drum can.

Weather-Resistant Hand-Held Remote

BDW Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has a 12' lead and an in/out rocker switch so you can operate your winch at a 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 (BDW20212 - sold separately) that lets you operate the winch from up to 100' away. You can also operate the winch from the comfort of your vehicle with a dash-mounted in-cab control (BDW20064 - sold separately).

Wire Rope

BDW Wire Rope

The wire rope is thicker and handles heavier loads than a standard wire rope. It's 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, gold clevis hook is constructed of zinc-dichromate-plated 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

BDW 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

This heavy-duty winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The sealed motor and gearbox are made of corrosion-resistant powder coated steel. The contactor is sealed to keep water out, and the power unit is constructed of heavy-duty yet lightweight plastic that makes it ideal for mounting in remote locations. The large, machined-steel housing, steel tie bars, and thick side frame drum supports create a strong and rigid winch body capable of handling the toughest jobs.


You will need a suitable mounting location to install the winch on the front of your vehicle. Winch mounts are built into many aftermarket bumpers and grille guards. Alternatively, you can install a universal front-mount plate (BDW20008 - sold separately) to create a mounting point for both your winch and fairlead. A foot-forward installation requires a 4-bolt mounting pattern. A foot-down installation requires an 8-bolt mounting pattern to withstand the shear force - stress against parallel layers of material - on the bolts.

If you are mounting the winch on your bumper or grille guard, you can use the included wiring to connect the winch to your vehicle's battery. Quick connects (BDW20133 - sold separately) are available to make removing and re-installing the winch easy. If you are mounting the winch at the back of your vehicle or on a trailer, you may need an additional 20' long wiring kit (BDW20206 - sold separately) or a 24' long wiring kit (BDW20207 - sold separately) for extended cabs and long beds.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer15,00018
2nd Layer13,30641
3rd Layer11,14869
4th Layer9,59392

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.

Vehicle Recovery and Winch Capacity

To select the appropriate off-road/recovery winch for your application, determine your gross vehicle weight. The GVW is the stand-alone weight of your vehicle plus the weight of any items in and on the vehicle. Once you have determined the GVW of your vehicle, choose a winch with a capacity that is 1-1/2 times your GVW. Using that formula, this winch - with a 15,000-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 10,000 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface150,000
5 (3°)100,050
10 (6°)75,300
20 (11°)51,000
30 (17°)39,150
50 (26°)27,900
70 (35°)22,950
100 (45°)19,350
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 (BDW20028 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a recovery strap (BDW20032 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (BDW20117 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the Bulldog Winch 7-piece rigging kit (BDW20196 - sold separately) that includes everything you need for heavy-duty recovery. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

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Video Transcript for Review of Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - Truck Winch,Recovery Winch - BDW10012

Today we're taking a look at a Bulldog Winch Heavy Duty Series Offroad Winch. This heavy duty winch lets you recover a stuck vehicle, it helps you move large items or pull a large vehicle or piece of equipment onto a trailer. This is perfect for firetrucks, ambulances, and larger vehicles like tow trucks, construction, commercial vehicles, those sorts of vehicles.It's designed for vehicles with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds, so that's gonna be the vehicle recovery capacity, up to a 10,000-pound vehicle. It features a 7.2 horsepower series wound motor to deliver powerful and safe line-pulling. That motor's more powerful, more effective, more efficient, and produces more torque, than a permanent magnet motor.It does have drain holes in that housing, so that's gonna let water and vapor escape to prevent internal moisture buildup and damage. It also has this sealed 500-amp contactor that transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the actual winch motor.

It has a water- and weather-resistant design to IP67 specifications.The power unit includes your contactor, plastic housing, and all the necessary electrical wiring. There is a wiring kit that is sold separately that would let you remotely mount the power unit, so if you're interested in that you can check that out, part number BDW 20132 at etrailer.com.It does feature an automatic ratcheting pall brake which holds 100% of the load. The engaged palls prevent the drum from spinning in reverse so a heavy load doesn't unintentionally pay out. It has an all-steel three-stage planetary gear train, provides increased drum speed when compared with warm drives in one- or two-stage planetary gear trains.I also wanna point out that this unit comes with your rubber handheld remote, has a 12-foot lead on it so you can operate the winch from a nice safe distance. It's a weather-resistant switch that powers the load in and out.

It has the port right there, the little connector, that connects right here. You remove that dust cap, that protects the terminals from dirt, grime, and moisture, connect the remote, and then you can operate the winch.There is a wireless option, there's a wireless remote control sold separately, part number BDW 20212. It features a free-spooling clutch, so that's gonna ensure fast rope payout and reduce wear on the motor. The gearbox on this side, it can be rotated all the way around, so that way you can find the correct position for the clutch handle no matter where you mount the winch.Now, when it comes to the rope that's on there, that's a 7/16 inch diameter zinc-plated wire rope. It's strong and abrasion-resistant, measures 92 feet long, and that's aircraft-grade galvanized steel.

It also comes with a nice, large, grade 70, half-inch forged steel hook, and a nylon hand-saver strap. That has a spring-loaded clasp right here, so that's gonna prevent accidental disconnecting, and it comes with the pin and the little clip right there to get it latched onto the end of the wire rope or the cable.This right here is your clutch. It has a little diagram right here, you can rotate this easily to ensure fast rope payout. That means that you can disengage the clutch and you can grab onto the end of the rope and you can pull it out to where you need it quickly and easily. And then you can rotate this back into position and use your remote to power the winch to bring the line back in.It also comes with your roller fairlead.

This is a steel design with a nice, thick frame, it has four rollers on it, one on each side and then one top and bottom. The four rollers reduce the amount of friction and wear on the rope. That's a silver zinc-plated finish to resist rust and corrosion.And then we're looking at a nice heavy-duty steel housing with thick side frames and tie bars to create a strong winch body. It all has a nice black powder coated finish to resist rust and corrosion.Overall, it's a really nice design, you get the actual winch, you get the rope, you get the fairlead, you get the hook and hand-saver strap, all the necessary installation hardware. It also comes with some rubber boots for the battery lead connectors, and you get your handheld remote to operate the winch.When it comes to some of the specifications, like the rate of line pull, that was taken with a single layer of wire rope around the drum, that's 15,000 pounds static load. Vehicle recovery capacity is 10,000 pounds. This is a 12-volt DC motor, the line pull is zero pounds, it's 10 feet per minute at 70 amps.Line pull at 15,000 pounds has a line speed of three feet per minute and power draw of 350 amps. Gear ratio is 520 to 1. Battery leads, it's a two-gauge wire for each, positive and negative, two-gauge wiring. Battery lead length is around six feet long.The winch itself, the way that we have it put together right now, edge to edge right here is about 25 3/16 inches long. Front to back is about 8 1/2 inches. Bottom to top of the handle, going in a straight line measurement up to the top of the handle right here on the clutch, 10 inches tall. Measuring to the top of the box right here is about 11 inches tall. The internal drum measures 3 1/2 inches in diameter by 8 13/16 inches long.You can mount this foot-forward and foot-down installation options. Both of those are available. You have two mount holes right here, also on the back side. This is really heavy, so I'm not gonna be able to rotate it around, on the back side you have this same footprint, and I am gonna rotate it up so you can see the bottom of it. The bottom has an eight-hole design. Four-bolt mount pattern for foot-forward installation on either front or back of the winch, center to center.Side to side is 10 inches, up and down they're separated by two inches. On the bottom you have an eight-bolt mounting pattern for foot-down installation. Again, there's eight holes down there, center to center, side to side, separated by 10 inches. The two closest holes front to back, 4 1/2 inches on center. The outer holes front to back, 6 1/2 inches on center.The distance between your roller fairlead mount holes, you can see right there, those are separated on center side to side by 10 inches. Winch weight with the wire rope installed, about 160 pounds, it weighed in at 158 pounds. And then the recommended battery size for maximum power is a battery with 650 CCA, that's cold cranking amps.That's gonna do it for today's look at the Bulldog Winch Heavy Duty Series Offroad Winch.


Ask the Experts about this Bulldog Winch Electric Winch

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