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Bulldog Winch Standard Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 8,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Standard Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 8,000 lbs

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Heavy-duty winch with 5.2-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 100' synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, free-spooling clutch, and hand-held remote with 12' lead. Power unit can be remotely mounted. 1-800-940-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW10044 or order online at Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Standard Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 8,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10044

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • Jeep Winch
  • 6001 - 8000 lbs
  • Synthetic Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Bulldog Winch
  • Medium - 5 to 9 fpm
  • 5.0 HP
  • 51 - 60 lbs
  • 3-Stage Planetary Gear

Heavy-duty winch with 5.2-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 100' synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, free-spooling clutch, and hand-held remote with 12' lead. Power unit can be remotely mounted.


  • Standard Series recovery winch lets you pull your stuck vehicle out of mud, snow, water or a ditch and up steep inclines
    • Perfect for work trucks, Jeeps, and other off-road vehicles
    • Designed for vehicles with a GVW up to 5,333 lbs
  • 5.2-hp, Series-wound motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is more powerful, more efficient, and produces more torque than a permanent magnet motor
    • Drain holes let water escape to prevent moisture buildup
  • Sealed, 450-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
    • Included brackets let you mount unit over motor or drum
    • 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 and torque 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 (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 HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 100' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • 3/8" Steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Heavy-duty, CNC machined billet aluminum hawse fairlead
    • Rounded fairlead hole helps prevent friction damage to rope
    • Clear anodized finish resists corrosion
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist corrosion
    • Dacromet-plated motor tube resists internal corrosion
  • Tie-bars and side frames help to create a strong and rigid winch body


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of synthetic rope around the drum): 8,000 lbs (static load)
    • Vehicle recovery capacity: 5,333 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 80 amps
      • Line speed: 19 FPM
    • Line pull at 8,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 330 amps
      • Line speed: 6 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 235:1
  • 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: 100' long x 5/16" (8 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 21-3/4" long x 6-5/16" wide x 8-5/8" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 8-13/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern: 10" x 4-1/2"
  • Hawse fairlead thickness: 3/4"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 10"
  • Winch weight (with synthetic rope installed): 59 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch Standard Off-Road Winch

The workhorse Standard Series winch is great for heavy-duty recoveries with your work truck, Jeep, or other off-road vehicle. This durable winch has thick side frames, a sealed contactor, and a 100' long synthetic rope. The clutch shifts easily from free-spool to engaged, and the load-holding brake prevents unintentional rope payout. The power unit can be remotely mounted and the clutch handle can be rotated so the winch fits easily into tight spaces. The winch also includes a hand-held remote with 12' lead so you can operate it at a safe distance.

Heavy-Duty, 5.2-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Standard Motor

This winch features a 5.2-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 8,000 lbs of line pull. This 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 when operating at high speeds. 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, dacromet-plated motor tube, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Power Unit with Sealed Contactor

Bulldog Winch Power Unit

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 450-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.

Bulldog Winch Remote plugged into contactor

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

Bulldog Winch Power Unit Mounted Over MotorBulldog Winch Power Unit Mounted Over Drum

There are brackets included that let you mount the power unit over the motor or over the 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 (BDW20044 - sold separately).

Free-Spooling Clutch with Rotating Handle

Bulldog Winch 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 and torque 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 with small engines 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. The chrome-plated clutch handle is stylish and weather resistant.

Automatic, Load-Holding Mechanical Brake

Bulldog Winch 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 spring is pressing against the spring chamber creates heat. That heat is quickly dispersed away from the motor shaft and through the gearbox. This prevents potentially damaging heat buildup near the motor.

And since the brake is located inside the drum, the winch has a smaller profile and will fit into locations where space is limited such as between a vehicle's bumper and radiator.

Weather-Resistant Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog Winch 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 (BDW21056 - 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).

Synthetic Rope

Bulldog Winch Synthetic Rope

The synthetic rope is made of HMPE fiber that is lightweight yet stronger than steel. This synthetic rope is safer to use than a steel rope because it generates less kinetic energy - and therefore less kickback - if a break occurs. It won't stretch - or creep - over time like steel rope can. And it's also less likely to fray and create sharp strands so it's easier to handle and easier to spool.

The rope winds around a drum that is made of solid steel. 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 6' woven polyester protective sleeve at the hook end of the rope provides extra protection. A hand-saver strap is also included to use in conjunction with work gloves (BDW20070 - sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook.

Bulldog Winch Red Hook

The hook is made of premium-grade chrome molybdenum (chromoly) that is heavy duty and rust resistant. The hook is attached to a steel thimble on the end of the synthetic rope.

Aluminum Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Hawse Fairlead

The CNC machine billet aluminum hawse fairlead is designed to be used with synthetic rope. The 3/4" thick fairlead has a clear anodized finish that resists corrosion, and it installs with zinc-plated hardware. The fairlead hole is rounded on the outside to reduce friction on the rope when you're pulling it in and out. This helps reduce wear on the rope to keep it strong and functional.

Note: The hawse fairlead does not mount directly to the winch - it typically attaches to tabs on the winch mounting plate (sold separately). Most aftermarket mounts include these tabs.

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch Winch Body

The Standard Series winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The vented motor and sealed 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 steel tie bars and side frame drum supports help to create a strong and rigid winch body.


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.

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 Layer8,00019.6
2nd Layer6,54042.6
3rd Layer5,50072
4th Layer4,750100

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 an 8,000-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 5,333 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface80,000
5 (3)53,360
10 (6)40,160
20 (11)27,200
30 (17)20,880
50 (26)14,880
70 (35)12,240
100 (45)10,320
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 (BDW20049 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a tree saver strap (BDW20015 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (BDW20020 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the Bulldog Winch 8-piece rigging kit (BDW20073 - 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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Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Standard Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 8,000 lbs - BDW10044

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (50 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty winch with 5.2-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Includes 100' synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, free-spooling clutch, and hand-held remote with 12' lead. Power unit can be remotely mounted.


We also bought the Bulldog off-road winch mounting plate for my husband's 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Everything fit perfect and installation was easy.


Arrived, looks great! Installing tomor row.


Used it mostly dragging logs around my property and one time to rescue a complete stranger who managed to run off the trail at the only place where it's not a good idea to leave the trail. No surprise, complete strangers have typically gotten more use out of my winches than i have. Very pleased so far.
Mounted 7800 pound trailer winch on my old jeep, wanted a narrow package that fit between the arms of the tow bar. Both winches drag both jeeps around marvelously!


Worked well, only used them once but they worked as expected, plenty of power, as rated.


Installed it on my motorcycle trailer. Install was a piece of cake! Does what it is supposed to do. 2000LBS capacity works like a champ loading and unloading my bikes.


Very heavy duty and a great deal from etrailer, thanks


Great piece of equipment. Will have local company install on the flat-bed utility trailer which is used to transport riding mowers and an occasional golf cart to shops. Will need to purchase battery and waterproof enclosure.


Thank you Lori. Everything went as planned. Very professional.
Was a pleasure talking to you


Poor quality


Awesome winch. I use it on my trailer for my business to winch equipment on and never lets me down.


reasonably priced and quick delivery


First day working with the Bulldog Wench. It worked as advertised thus far without issue.. Unable to put it through proper trials due an inadequate wench plate. May have to fabricate one from 1/2" stock. The snatch blocks are first rate.


Bolted to trailer that sits outside year round and never had an issue. Only down side is that I wish it was remote controlled or had a much longer cord. Would make it easier to load/unload by yourself. Overall I am very pleased with the construction and power.


Top notch customer service. I would highly recommend to others.




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.


I picked this winch from etrailer as it provided an incredible value at the time of purchase vs other option here and from other retailers. It ended up being way overkill for what I use it for, but I never have to worry about overloading it either. Went together well and mounted up like it should to the Bulldog receiver mount I got too (hitch plate welded/mounted on car hauler, winch is removable and not subject to road grim ever). Plan on years of service from this combination!


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.


Faster than expected delivery, Thank you. Not yet sure about how I'll be using it. Interested in mounting and wiring information. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


Found item easy to install.


I bought two of these to pull a large 34’x100’ greenhouse. In tandem each were pulling at about 5-6000# of force to move the greenhouse. 100’. Worked great. No apparent durability issues and plenty of power, the price was right.


I like etrailer, They worker hard to get me what I wanted. The product worked and still functioned. It is too bad it takes a long time to get things because the messed up market place today. The shipping of everything I have bought for the last 6 months from all companies looks like it was dropped off the truck from 6 ft high.


arrived in one piece just need to mount it now. will try to update later after install?


A good winch not real heavy and can handle it quit easy


Like the 100 foot steel line and remote control with 100 foot range.

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