Bulldog Winch Powersports Series UTV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 4,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Powersports Series UTV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 4,000 lbs

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  • Car Trailer Winch
  • Utility Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • Synthetic Rope
  • 3400 - 4000 lbs
  • Plug-In Remote
  • 2.0 HP
  • Slow Line Speed
  • Load Holding Brake
Heavy-duty winch with 1.8-hp, permanent magnet motor and mechanical brake lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck UTV. Sealed motor, gearbox, and contactor protect winch from the elements. Hand-held remote and handlebar rocker switch included. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW15012 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Powersports Series UTV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 4,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.

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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW15012

Heavy-duty winch with 1.8-hp, permanent magnet motor and mechanical brake lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck UTV. Sealed motor, gearbox, and contactor protect winch from the elements. Hand-held remote and handlebar rocker switch included.


  • Powersports UTV recovery winch is designed for recreation and heavy-duty work applications
    • Perfect for 300cc - 850cc UTVs, ROVs, or MOHUVs
    • Recommended for UTVs with a maximum GVW of 2,000 lbs
  • 1.8-hp, Permanent magnet motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor
    • Sealed to keep water out and prevent internal corrosion
  • Sealed, 250-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
    • Mounts on or near UTV's battery box with included hardware
  • 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
  • Plastic, hand-held remote with 20' lead lets you operate winch from a safe distance
    • Remote port with 8' lead mounts anywhere on UTV with included hardware
    • Water-resistant switch powers the load in and out
    • Wireless remote control (BDW20156 - sold separately) available
  • Rocker switch lets you control the winch from the seat of your UTV
    • Custom mount in dashboard - cut small hole and secure with locking tabs
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
  • 1/4" Diameter HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 50' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • 1/4" 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
    • Black anodized finish resists corrosion
  • Mounting channel with hardware included for winch and fairlead
    • Custom mounting plate (sold separately) may be required to mount winch and fairlead to your UTV
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist 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 synthetic rope around the drum): 4,000 lbs (static load)
    • Maximum recommended ATV GVW: 2,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 11 amps
      • Line speed: 20 FPM
    • Line pull at 4,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 310 amps
      • Line speed: 3-1/2 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 136:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 5 gauge
  • Battery lead length:
    • Contactor to battery: 5'
    • Contactor to winch: 3'
  • Rope dimensions: 50' long x 1/4" (6 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 16-5/16" long x 4-5/8" wide x 4-5/8" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2" diameter x 4-13/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern (center to center): 6-5/8" x 3"
  • Hawse fairlead thickness: 3/4"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 6-5/8"
  • Winch weight (with synthetic rope installed): 24.8 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch Powersports Series

This Powersports recovery winch is designed for heavy-duty work and recreational applications. It's perfect for your 300cc - 850cc UTV, ROV, or MOHUV. It includes a dashboard-mounted rocker switch so you can control the winch from the seat of your UTV and a hand-held remote with an 8' lead for safe operation from a distance. The motor, gearbox, and contactor are sealed so you can confidently run your UTV through mud and water. And it includes a mechanical brake, a synthetic rope and hawse fairlead, and a universal mounting channel for installation.

Heavy-Duty, 1.8-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Powersports Motor

This winch features a 1.8-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 4,000 lbs of line pull. The permanent magnet motor offers the same line-pulling power and speed as a series-wound motor of comparable size, but it's lighter and uses less current. The motor housing is sealed to keep water out. The motor is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Sealed Contactor

Bulldog Winch ContactorBattery leads and rubber boots

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the UTV's battery to the winch motor. There is a 5' lead that runs from the vehicle's battery to the contactor and a 3' lead that runs from the contactor to the winch. These leads are interchangeable so you can mount the contactor in the most convenient location - typically on or near the UTV's battery box where it's easy to access. Simply match the longest cable set to the longest run and the shortest cable set to the shortest run to eliminate untidy cable runs.

The 250-amp contactor is sealed to meet IP67 specifications for water and weather resistance, and it has copper terminals and zinc-plated steel hardware that resist corrosion. There are also 6 rubber boots included that fit over the terminals on the contactor and battery to repel water and help prevent corrosion.

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 power out the rope. To release the clutch for free-spooling, simply rotate the dial on the end of the gearbox to the "Freespool" position. To reengage the clutch, rotate the dial back to the "Engaged" position. The clutch positions are indicated on the face of the dial.

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 gear trains.

The steel gearbox has a rust-resistant black powder coat finish, and it's sealed to keep out moisture. The clutch shifter is constructed of durable hard plastic.

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.

Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog Winch Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has an in/out rocker switch and a 20' lead that allows you to operate your winch at a safe distance from your UTV. Simply connect the water-resistant, plastic remote to the remote port when you need to use it, and disconnect it to store it away when you aren't using it.

Remote port

The remote port includes an 8' lead and mounting hardware so you can install it anywhere on your UTV. A common, easy-to-access mounting location is on the hood or grille of your UTV.

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

Dashboard-Mounted Rocker Switch

Bulldog Winch Dashboard Mounted Shifter

The rocker switch lets you operate the winch from the seat of your UTV. It can be mounted anywhere on your dashboard but will typically be mounted in one of the blank inserts on the front panel. It includes an 8' wiring harnesss with quick connects.

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 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 6' woven polyester protective sleeve at the hook end of the rope provides extra protection for your hands. 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.

Steel Hook

The removable clevis hook is made of high-strength 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 synthetic rope.

Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Hawse Fairlead

This winch includes a CNC machine billet aluminum hawse fairlead that is designed to be used with synthetic rope. It helps guide the rope as it's winding in and out, and it has a rounded hole to help prevent wear. The 3/4" thick fairlead has a black anodized finish that resists corrosion, and it installs with zinc-plated hardware.

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

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch Winch Body

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


To install the winch on the front of your vehicle you will need a suitable mounting location. The winch and fairlead may be bolted to the included mounting channel. This mounting channel is a basic L-channel and may not be compatible with your UTV. In most cases you will need to bolt a custom mounting plate (sold separately) to the front framework of your UTV in order to mount the winch and fairlead.

The contactor can mount anywhere on the UTV but will typically mount on or near the UTV's battery box where it's easy to access.

You can mount the rocker switch on your dashboard so you can control the winch while seated in your UTV. It can be mounted anywhere on your dashboard but will typically be mounted in one of the blank inserts on the front panel. To install you must first remove the mounting bracket on the switch. Then cut a hole in the dashboard panel, insert the switch, and secure it with the integrated locking tabs. Connect the 8' wiring harnesss to the contactor with the built-in quick connects.

The remote port includes an 8' wiring harness and mounting hardware so you can install it anywhere on your UTV. A common, easy-to-access mounting location is on your UTV's hood or grille. A 7/8" hole will need to be drilled into the hood or grille - or wherever you choose to mount the port - to feed the wiring harnesss through.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer4,00013
2nd Layer3,52028-3/16
3rd Layer3,09846
4th Layer2,72655

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.

Double-Line Pulling

Double-Line Pulling

Increase the pulling capacity of your winch by doubling up the rope with a pulley block (BDW20023 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a tree saver strap (BDW20004 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (BDW20006 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the Bulldog Winch 7-piece rigging kit (BDW20034 - sold separately) that includes everything you need for heavy-duty recovery. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

15012 Bulldog Winch Powersports Series UTV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 4,000 lbs

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Video Transcript for Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - Car Trailer Winch - BDW15012 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at part number BDW 15012, this is the Bulldog Utility Wench with an oversized drum. It's going to feature the synthetic rope and it's rated at 4,000 pounds. This is designed for recreation and work duty applications. It's going to feature a 12V DC 1.8 horsepower permanent magnet motor, that's going to deliver quick, safe line pulling. It's going to come with two switches, one of the switches, this one right here, is going to be a hand bar mounted mini rocker switch. That's going to let you operate the wench from the seat of your ATV or UTV.

It's going to come with the included mounting bracket and about 10 feet of wiring. The other option is going to be a handheld remote. This is going to let you to operate the wench from a safe distance away from the ATV or UTV. You're going to have about 12 feet of wiring attached to the plug and then on other end you're going to have an additional 10 feet of wiring to make the connection from the actual plug to the 250 amp sealed contact. It's got the easy connects on there, everything is color coded, so really simple system to get fully installed.

Now here on the wench, on the side, it's going to feature a free spool clutch knob. This is going to ensure fast rope payout. Simply clicks to disengage, or clicks to engage. That way you can use the switch to operate line in or line out. The synthetic rope is going to be very strong and durable.

It's going to measure 50 feet in length, by 6 millimeters. It has the steel protector around here and then it's going to come with the removable lash hook. You simply attach it by pulling the pin and re-installing the inaudible 00:01:36 pin there on the other side. That's a nice steel force construction, very strong and durable, and it comes with the hand saver strap, and that simply attaches to that point right there. Now this right here is going to be our aluminum hawse fairlead this is going to protect the rope from damage by reducing strain and rubbing as you extend the line out or bring the line in.

It's going to come with the universal L channel mounting plate. Now there are custom fit wench brackets, sold separately. You can check those on our website, see if we have a fit for your application. This has got all the pre-drilled holes on the side for easy mounting. The wench itself is going to use a 4 bolt hole mounting pattern, right here. The distance that we have from the center of one hole to the center of the other going this direction is 6.6 inches. Going this direction, center on center, is right around 3 inches. Now the wench is going to feature a 3 stage planetary gear train. It's going to have the 250 amp sealed contact-er. It's going to include and 3.2 foot battery connection wiring kit, again 3.2 feet in length. This is going to run from the contact, this portion here, to the battery. Colored coded, red is positive, black is negative. This kit right here is going to measure 5 feet in length. This wiring is going to go from the contact to the actual wench here on the terminal. It's color coded per the instructions from the manufacturer, they color code everything to make a really simple installation for you. That's also going to include the boots that goes over the ends of the wires as well as all the necessary hardware for complete installation. Now the rated line pull for this unit is going to be 4,000 pounds. The line pull at 0 pounds is going to have a power draw of 11 amps and a line speed of 19.8 feet per minute. The line pull at about 4,000 pounds is going to have a power draw of 310 amps with a line speed of 3.6 feet per minute. Gear ratio is 136:1. It's going to feature an automatic load holding mechanical break, so that's a great feature to have as well. Now when it comes to adjust the wench the dimensions are going to be 16.3 inches long, 4.6 inches wide, and 4.6 inches tall. The drum dimensions, I mentioned earlier that this is an oversized drum, that's going to be 2 inches in diameter and 4.8 inches long. The wench itself is going to weigh about 28.5 pounds. Now it's going to come with detailed instructions. This is your owners manual it's going to walk you through the installation process step by step. It has the wiring diagram in there, it makes it really simple and easy. It also goes over some things to take and key note on when it comes to owning a wench, and maintaining, and some safety functions. So they include this, that's nice. Here on the handheld switch, I just want to point out again everything is color coded for your connections. Plenty of wire length to work with, and you're going to have the male 3 pronged plug to the female 3 pronged plug that way you can easily disconnect the handheld remote when it's no longer in use. That's going to do it for our review of part number BDW 15012 this the Bulldog Utility Wench, rated at 4,000 pounds. .

Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Powersports Series UTV Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 4,000 lbs - BDW15012

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

Heavy-duty winch with 1.8-hp, permanent magnet motor and mechanical brake lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck UTV. Sealed motor, gearbox, and contactor protect winch from the elements. Hand-held remote and handlebar rocker switch included.

- BDW15012

It did everything that I wanted it for ,hasn't let me down. I recommend this product. The price was great the quality was also great. I really like the rope instead of the steel cable. Rolls up on the drum better. And not as stiff as the steel ones. 370274


Happy I bought it

Larry C - 04/21/2018


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