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

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

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  • Car Trailer Winch
  • Utility Winch
  • Bulldog Winch
  • Synthetic Rope
  • 3400 - 4000 lbs
  • Plug-In Remote
  • 2.0 HP
  • Fast Line Speed
  • Load Holding Brake
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 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW15018 or order online at Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.

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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW15018

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 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, 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 synthetic 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: 50' long x 3/16" (4.8 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 synthetic rope installed): 25 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, synthetic 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.

Synthetic Rope

Bulldog Winch Synthetic Rope

The rope is made of synthetic 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' long 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 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 synthetic 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

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.

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 Layer3,40010
2nd Layer2,89320
3rd Layer2,51730
4th Layer2,22842
5th Layer1,99850

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.

15018 Bulldog Winch 1.5 hp Trailer Winch with Mounting Plate - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs

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Video Transcript for Review of Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - Car Trailer Winch,Utility Winch - BDW15018

Today we're going to take a look at a Bulldog winch trailer winch. This is going to feature synthetic rope and a Howes fairlead. It's going to have a 3400 pound capacity. This is going to be a light duty winch that's going to help you pull up any small craft onto your utility trailer or maybe your toy hauler, anything like an ATV, UTV, those smaller vehicle types. This is going to be able to haul those up and get them into your trailer to make your life a little bit easier. It has a nice compact design, so it's going to be easy to fit into a cabinet or a box.

The minimum box capacity or box size that can be is going to be at least 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall, so keep that in mind if anything fits within those parameters, this should work just fine. Now, this does come with the steel mounting plate and the hardware so you can mount your winch and fairlead to your trailer deck or frame. We'll also have our hardware to actually get that attached there.This is going to feature a 1.5 horsepower permanent magnet motor so we can have fast, safe and powerful line pulling. That motor is going to be lighter and use less current than a series wound motor and it also has a vent to let any condensation escape to prevent any moisture buildup. It's going to have a sealed 250 amp contactor that's going to transmit the power from our battery to the winch motor and this is going to be water and weather resistant up to IP six seven specifications.

So, pretty much means it's going to be dust proof and water resistant. So, even if you're operating this out in inclement weather, you shouldn't have any issues there.Our power unit is going to include that contactor, the master on off switch, plastic housing and all the electrical wiring. It's going to have an automatic mechanical brake to hold 100% of our load while minimizing winch creep. We'll also have a handheld rubber remote, has that thumb toggle to bring our line in or let the line out. That has a 20 foot power lead to go from our winch out.It also has a weather resistant switch to power that in and out.

We'll have our connection point on the side there and then this screws in place and keeps that waterproof connection. Now, if you prefer to use a wireless remote that is available, it is sold separately using part number BDW two zero one two one. Or excuse me, BDW two zero two one two. Now, it does have a free spooling clutch so we can turn this knob to go to free spool or to engage the clutch. That free spool allows you to ensure fast rope payout and it helps to reduce the wear on your motor.And we'll have our three 16th diameter HMPE synthetic rope, so it's going to be just as durable and strong as steel, but it's gonna be a lot safer to handle.

We don't have to worry about any snap back with that or any small wires coming frayed off and cutting into our hands. We'll also have a 50 foot long six inch woven polyester protective sleeve. That's this portion here. And then we'll also have our quarter inch steel hook and the nylon hand saver strap that's included there. To remove the Clevis Hook, we'll have a cotter pin on the side so you just pinch those together, pull the pin out and then we'll be able to pull out the larger pin. Just whenever you're putting it back in place you want to make sure that you've been that cotter pin over to keep it secure.Our Howes fairlead is going to be made up by heavy duty cast iron and it's going to have a rounded hole to help prevent any friction or any hard edges or sharp edges that could damage our rope. It also has a black anodized finish to help resist any corrosion. Our winch is also going to be covered in a black powder coat finish and it's going to have a steel body. That black powder coat finish is going to help to resist any corrosion for the rest of our winch as well.We'll have a dye chromic plate motor tube to resist any internal corrosion and our tie bars and side frame will also help to create a strong rigid body for our winch. The rated line pull for this with a single layer of synthetic rope around the drum, that's going to hold that 34 thousand or 3400 pounds. The rolling load will be able to handle 34 thousand pounds. Our motor is going to be a 12 volt DC 1.5 horsepower permanent magnet motor. The line pole at zero pounds is going to have a power draw of 30 amps and a line speed of 15 feet per minute. The line pull at 3400 pounds is going to have a power draw of 240 amps and a line speed of five feet per minute.It has an all steel three stage planetary gear train. The gear ratio is going to be 166 to one. Our duty cycle is going to be two minutes on, 15 minutes off and again we will have that 100% load holding brake. It's going to be a mechanical brake. Our battery lead wire is going to be six gauge with a six feet of length and that is going to be color coded, red for power black for ground.Our rope dimensions, again it's gonna be 50 feet long with a three 16th diameter. Also works out to be 4.8 millimeter. The winch over all with the power unit mounted over the motor, as you see here, it's going to be 13 inches long and then four and a half inches wide and seven and an eighth inches tall. The drum dimension itself is going to be two inches in diameter and one and three eighths inches long. Our mounting bolt pattern for the winch itself is going to be four and three sixteenths inches by three. The plate is going to be one and fifteen sixteenths and three and three quarter. The distance between the Howes fairlead mounting holes, center to center, that's going to be four and thirteen sixteenths. And our winch weight with the rope installed is going to be about 25 pounds. And that's going to do it for our look at the Bulldog winch trailer winch with synthetic rope and Howes fairlead with 3400 pounds of capacity.


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  • Overall Dimensions of the Bulldog Winch part # BDW15018
  • I spoke with my contact at Bulldog Winch and he informed me that for just the winch it measures 13” x 4.5” x 6-3/16”. If you include the mounting plate and fairlead the dimensions are 13 x 6 x 6-5/8”.
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  • I reached out to my contact at Dutton-Lainson and they are not aware of any aftermarket company who's wireless remote works with any of their products. Their engineers have actually tried to make this a non-option for safety reasons. So, unfortunately there is not a wireless remote option for this winch. If you are wanting a wireless winch option, I recommend the Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 3,400 lbs, # BDW15018, and you can use the wireless kit #...
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  • Basically you would remove the winch you have now and bolt on winch # BDW15018 in its place. Although you do want to have as straight of a line pull as you can so wherever the bow eye is on the boat you will want the opening on the fairlead on the winch to be at the same level. That really goes for any kind of winch. Whether or not that requires any modification or additional parts will vary among different applications. Since this is for a boat trailer I do recommend the synthetic...
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  • Recommendation for Quiet Electric Winch to Use Indoors
  • I spoke with my contacts at Bulldog and checked with other electric winch manufacturers and found that the noise/decibel level for winches is simply not something that is tested. The noise output is going to be pretty similar between different brand and model electric winches. If noise level is a concern then my best advice is to go with a winch that uses synthetic rope instead of wire rope. This single component will make the biggest difference in noise. If you were using a wire rope...
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  • AC-Powered Winch for Indoor Use
  • The Bulldog Winch Trailer Winch # BDW15018 is made for use with a DC power source such as a 12-volt battery on a trailer but we do have AC-powered winches that are displayed on the linked page. These are available in various weight capacities. For instance we have the Dutton-Lainson StrongArm Electric Winch # DL25019, rated for 2700-lbs, that includes a 25-foot cable with hook. This winch also features a wired remote control, which may make it ideal for your application. A great resource...
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  • Electric Winch Recommendation to Pull 1,500 Pound Logs onto a Utility Trailer
  • Since you will be more or less dragging the log, you will want a winch with at least the capacity of the heaviest log, but I would go a little heavier than that to account for longer winching distances and flat terrain should you encounter it. A 3.4K winch like # BDW15018 would be a great option and you would have plenty of capacity. A winch with a higher capacity will not be working as hard as a lower capacity winch and it will last longer. I have also linked our FAQ on electric...
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  • Tips on Loading a 2004 FourWinns Model 194 FunShip Boat Onto a Trailer From the Water
  • The key to launching a boat into the water from the trailer is to know how far to back the trailer in. It takes some time to get used to, and different ramps may require you back more or less in, but once you have it figured out it should be easy. The winch you are using may not be rated high enough for the boat. With the trailer back into the water at the right spot, the right winch should not have trouble pulling the boat since part of it will still be floating. A 3400 pound capacity...
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