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Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wire Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wire Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs

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Light-duty winch with 1.5-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull small vehicles onto your trailer. Compact winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware. Call 800-298-1624 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW15017 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wire Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW15017

  • Car Trailer Winch
  • Utility Winch
  • 2001 - 4000 lbs
  • Wire Rope
  • Bulldog Winch
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Medium - 5 to 9 FPM
  • 21 - 30 lbs
  • 2.0 HP
  • 3-Stage Planetary Gear

Light-duty winch with 1.5-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull small vehicles onto your trailer. Compact winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware.


  • Light-duty winch lets you pull ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, and other small vehicles onto your trailer
    • Perfect for toy haulers, landscape trailers, and other small utility trailers
  • Compact design - fits easily into most custom cabinets or boxes
  • Steel mounting plate and hardware included
    • Lets you mount winch and fairlead to trailer deck or frame
  • 1.5-hp, Permanent magnet motor delivers powerful, fast, and safe line pulling
    • Motor is lighter and uses less current than a series-wound motor
    • Vent lets vapor escape to prevent moisture buildup
  • Sealed, 250-amp contactor transmits power from your battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
  • Power unit includes contactor, master on/off switch, plastic housing, and all electrical wiring
  • 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 20' lead lets you operate winch from the back of most trailers
    • 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
  • 3/16" Diameter zinc-plated wire rope is strong and abrasion resistant
    • 45' Long, aircraft-grade galvanized steel cable
    • Steel spring tensioner allows easy rope management and ensures correct spooling
    • 1/4" Steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Heavy-duty, cast iron hawse fairlead
    • Rounded fairlead hole helps prevent friction damage to rope
    • Black 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 wire rope around the drum):
    • Static load: 3,400 lbs
    • Rolling load: 34,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 30 amps
      • Line speed: 15 FPM
    • Line pull at 3,400 lbs:
      • Power draw: 240 amps
      • Line speed: 5 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 166:1
  • Duty cycle: 2 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 6 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 45' long x 3/16" (5 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions (with power unit mounted over motor): 13" long x 4-1/2" wide x 7-1/8" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2" diameter x 3-1/8" long
  • Mounting bolt pattern:
    • Winch: 4-13/16" x 3"
    • Plate: 1-15/16" x 3-3/4"
  • Distance between hawse fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 4-13/16"
  • Minimum winch box/cabinet size: 20" wide x 10" tall
  • Winch weight (with wire rope installed): 28 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 2-Year limited warranty

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch

This compact, light-duty trailer winch lets you pull ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, and other small vehicles onto your trailer. You can mount the winch directly to your trailer deck or front rail with the included mounting plate. It also fits easily into most custom cabinets or boxes. And it includes a hand-held remote, wire rope, hawse fairlead, and a free-spooling clutch.

Light-Duty, 1.5-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch Motor

This winch features a 1.5-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 3,400 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 is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, 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 250-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 plug

The on/off switch on the back of the power unit lets you shut off the power when you aren't using the winch. There is also 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

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 "Freespool" position. To reengage the clutch, rotate the handle back to the "Engaged" position. The clutch positions are indicated by a diagram on the gearbox and are also labeled on the knob.

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.

The steel gearbox has a rust-resistant black powder coat finish and is sealed to keep out moisture.

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.

Weather-Resistant Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog Winch Hand-Held Remote

The hand-held remote has a 20' lead and in/out rocker switch so you can control your winch from the back of your trailer. 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.

The wireless remote kit (BDW20212 - sold separately) lets you operate the winch from up to 100' away.

Wire Rope

Bulldog Winch 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. It includes a spring-loaded tensioner that ensures the rope correctly spools onto the drum. A rock bag (BDW20048 - sold separately) is recommended for added protection. The rock bag helps prevent a broken rope from snapping back if it breaks by forcing it to the ground.

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 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 constructed 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 wire rope.

Cast Iron Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Cast Iron Hawse Fairlead

The 3/4" thick cast iron fairlead has a rounded hole that helps prevent friction damage to the rope as it winds in and out. The fairlead installs with zinc-plated hardware, and it has a black anodized finish that resists corrosion.

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch rugged construction

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 contactor is 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 included plate onto the deck of your trailer and attach the winch and fairlead. Counter-sunk bolt holes in the mounting plate ensure that the hex heads of the included bolts don't protrude above the trailer's flat surface. This is the easiest method and does not require welding, but it does leave a footprint on your deck.

Bulldog Winch Winch Installation

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.

The compact design allows the winch to easily fit into most custom cabinets or boxes. This method keeps the winch out of the elements and keeps it hidden. Many cabinets and boxes can even be locked to protect the winch from would-be thieves. You can also install a dedicated battery inside or near the cabinet to power the winch. This prevents the winch from putting a strain on your vehicle's battery, and it eliminates the need to run a power lead all the way to the front of your truck.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer3,4007-1/2
2nd Layer2,89316-1/2
3rd Layer2,51727
4th Layer2,22838-1/2
5th Layer1,99845

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 trailer 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 3,400-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 2,267 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface34,000
5 (3°)22,678
10 (6°)17,068
20 (11°)11,560
30 (17°)8,874
50 (26°)6,324
70 (35°)5,202
100 (45°)4,386
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 the vehicle you are pulling with a bow shackle (BDW20020 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

15017 Bulldog Winch 1.5 hp Trailer Winch with Mounting Plate - Wire Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs

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Customer Reviews

Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Wire Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs - BDW15017

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (78 Customer Reviews)

Light-duty winch with 1.5-hp, permanent magnet motor lets you quickly and safely pull small vehicles onto your trailer. Compact winch fits easily into most custom boxes and cabinets. Includes hand-held remote and mounting plate with hardware.

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Great product, great service, easy to install. Instruction manual could use a little update. but nothing major. Very happy with this product. Buy this if you need a to pull a car onto a trailer...

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I use the winch to pull a small boat on a beach dolly up a river bank - it works very well for this purpose. I use the wireless controller so that I am free to guide the dolly.

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Works great for loading my classic car into my box trailer. I like the remote control feature. It allows walking around the car to make sure it is tracking properly. Pull strength is adequate and small size takes up minimum space.

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the bulldog winch works great.i put it in my enclosed trailer to load my race car. the remote makes it easier to load.no problems pulls the car with no problem.

- BDW15017

Solid performance and issue free so far. Even worked with a very low battery though it took much longer. I use it to pull my race car into the trailer and it’s been great.

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works very well .

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Easy to install woks great

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On my Jeep in west Texas. Very good quality and well satisfied.

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Have not installed my winch yet but product looks great. Shipping was good also. Great place to order from.

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Very good product works well

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works good but real hard to pull cable out in free spool mode

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- BDW10031

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Couldn't ask for a better winch. Even though I don't have the remote their is plenty of cord for the control. I have it in our enclosed car hauler and it has plenty of power and the brake works great on a 4000 lb. car. It is a little of over kill but bigger is better. I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you for a great product and the service you give.

Winch works great for pulling cars on our enclosed trailer. Couldnt ask for a better product.
Mike S - 02/24/2021

- BDW10032

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Excellent winch. It has never failed me after a year of use in my featherlike car hauler. The synthetic rope won't harm the extruded aluminum floor. Easy to free spool and re-engage. I installed the wireless remote which I recommend for convenience.

- BDW15019

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

I chose this winch for an 18 ft Kwik load roll back open car hauler. Size and price met my needs. Installed it in a 30" tool box on the forward deck of the trailer under the tire rack. Perfect size to hold the winch, battery and additional straps. Using a GM F body battery tray/hold down for securing a group 75 battery. To hook to the battery side posts I did swap the connectors to larger copper eye terminals. Will be finishing it by adding a small solar panel to maintain juice. Only used this once so far. Everything worked very smoothly. Real happy with how it came out. Thanks etrailer!

- BDW15018

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

I mounted this winch on my racing trailer. I use it to winch a 2700lb car into position. It has worked flawlessly. Easy on the battery, really like the fiber cable over steel. This winch is perfect for my application. I would highly recommend this product.

- BDW15020

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Easy to install and a great addition to my enclosed trailer. Easily pulls up my 1100lb Caterham race car. I have also purchased the wireless remote which makes the whole set up very slick


Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

The guide that keeps your tow chord was crap It literally broke the second using it and the chord would get all twisted and starting rubbing against the mount and fraying.

- BDW10029

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Just installed yesterday. Nice appearance and very compact. Smaller foot print than the winch plate on my trailer. It was nice to have the mounting hardware and mounting plate included with the winch. Pulled 20’ of cable out and powered it in. Motor is whisper quiet. I like the 20’ remote cable which gets me to the back end of my 20’ trailer deck easily.

- BDW10032

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

It has been a year since I ordered this winch for my vehicle trailer. I have been very satisfied with my purchase, as i have used it now multiple times moving vehicles between states. I have had zero issues and the power is beyond adequate. I highly recommend this product as a versatile and easy to install trailer winch option.

- BDW10039

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Owned it for a year now. I've pulled up cars, tractors, and a small shed onto my trailer with it.


Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

the Bull dog winch arrived on time and in good condition, it was easy to get the parts put together, but the real thrill was when i tried it out, WOW what a great job it did, it has plenty of power to do what i need to do, and the price was good. hopefully i will make another order soon, once again thankyou,

- BDW15018

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Well I haven't used it yet so that review will need to wait. It arrived on time and the box was in good shape. Will work on getting it installed and operational in the near future.

- BDW10039

Review from a similar Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch in Electric Winch

Works perfect. One issue the battery in the remote won’t charge. Have to call the company.

Works great. Batteries in the controller could be easier to replace. I thought the controller would recharge when hooked to the coiled cord, but it doesn’t.
Bob H - 01/19/2021

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