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Bulldog DC12.0 Integrated Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 12,000 lbs

Bulldog DC12.0 Integrated Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 12,000 lbs

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Heavy-duty winch with a 7.2-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Integrated winch is sealed for operation in rain or mud, and 1-piece design reduces installation time. Circuit breaker prevents overheating. Call 800-298-8924 to order Bulldog electric winch part number BD500601 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Bulldog products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog DC12.0 Integrated Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 12,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Electric Winch - BD500601

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • Bulldog
  • 12500 - 14000 lbs
  • Wire Rope
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Medium Line Speed
  • 7.0 HP
  • Load Holding Brake
  • Non-Submersible

Heavy-duty winch with a 7.2-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Integrated winch is sealed for operation in rain or mud, and 1-piece design reduces installation time. Circuit breaker prevents overheating.


  • Heavy-duty 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 maximum GVW of 8,000 lbs
  • Integrated, 1-piece design - all components are permanently mounted within the winch housing
    • Protects motor, contactor, and wiring from rocks and debris
    • Helps reduce installation time
  • Winch housing and internal components are sealed and waterproof to IP66 standards
    • Winch remains fully functional in pouring rain
  • 7.2-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
    • Finned heat sink allows heat to quickly dissipate to keep motor cool
  • Circuit breaker shuts off power to the winch if the motor overheats
    • Automatically resets when motor has cooled and winch is ready to use again
  • Sealed, 400-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Battery leads are color coded and printed with AWG size for easy installation
  • Automatic mechanical and dynamic brakes ensure reliable load holding
    • Mechanical spring brake creates resistance on drum to stop rotation and hold the load
    • Dynamic brake uses resistance from motor to stop drum rotation
  • 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 12' lead lets you operate winch from a safe distance
    • Wireless remote control (BD500527 - sold separately) lets you control winch from up to 90' away
  • Free-spooling clutch ensures fast rope payout and reduces wear on the motor
  • 3/8" Diameter wire rope is strong and abrasion resistant
    • 125' Long, aircraft-grade galvanized steel cable
    • 3/8" Galvanized steel hook and nylon hand-saver strap included
  • Steel roller fairlead with thick frame
    • 4 Rollers reduce friction and wear on the rope
    • Black powder coat finish with zinc-plated rollers resists corrosion
  • Die-cast aluminum housing with matte black powder coat finish resists corrosion
    • Steel motor tube resists internal corrosion


  • Rated line pull (with a single layer of wire rope around the drum): 12,000 lbs (static load)
    • Vehicle recovery capacity: 8,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 100 amps
      • Line speed: 22 FPM
    • Line pull at 12,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 450 amps
      • Line speed: 6 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 230:1
  • Duty cycle: S3 5% (approximately 44 seconds on/14 minutes off - at max load)
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical and dynamic
  • Battery lead wire: 2 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 5'
  • Rope dimensions: 125' long x 3/8" (9.5 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 23-3/16" long x 6-1/2" wide x 9-7/8" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 8-13/16" long
  • 4-Bolt mounting pattern (center to center): 10" x 4-1/2"
  • Distance between roller fairlead mounting holes (center to center): 10"
  • Winch weight (with wire rope installed): 96.6 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • 1-Year limited warranty

Bulldog DC9

The DC12.0 integrated off-road recovery winch lets you pull your stuck vehicle out of mud, snow, water or a ditch and up steep inclines. The winch is fully integrated so it's ready to install right out of the box - just bolt the winch and roller fairlead to a mounting plate (sold separately), bolt the plate to your bumper or grille guard, and run the power lead to your vehicle's battery. The 1-piece winch body protects the internal components from water, rocks, and debris, and it's sealed to meet IP66 standards for water and weather resistance. The winch also includes dual brakes to ensure reliable load holding, a 125' wire rope with a roller fairlead, and a circuit breaker that automatically cuts power to the winch if the motor begins to overheat.

Heavy-Duty, 7.2-Horsepower Motor

Bulldog DC9

The DC12.0 features a 7.2-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 12,000 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. It has a finned heat sink that allows the heat to quickly dissipate to keep the motor cool. And it's constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the die-cast aluminum housing, steel drum, steel motor tube, silver alloy battery terminals, and steel hardware.

Circuit Breaker

There is a circuit breaker located inside the motor that monitors the temperature of the motor. It will interrupt the flow of power from the battery to the winch motor if the motor begins to overheat. When the internal elements of the circuit breaker have cooled it will automatically reset and you can use the winch again.

Sealed Contactor

Bulldog DC9 seald contactor

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 400-amp contactor - contained within the winch housing over the drum - is sealed to meet IP66 specifications for water and weather resistance. The silver alloy terminals and stainless-steel hardware are also corrosion resistant.

Free-Spool Clutch with Rotating Handle

DC12.0 Free-Spool Clutch with rotating ring gear

The DC12.0 has a free-spool clutch with a rotating ring gear that 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 pull and turn the spring-loaded handle. To reengage the clutch, lift and rotate the handle back to the position indicated by the icon on the label.

The clutch is driven by a hardened-steel, 3-stage planetary gear train. This provides more speed than traditional worm gear drives or 1- or 2-stage planetary gear trains.

The die-cast aluminum gearbox has a rust-resistant black matte powder coat finish and is sealed to keep out moisture.

Automatic, Load-Holding Mechanical and Dynamic Brakes

This winch includes both a spring-activated mechanical brake and a dynamic brake. This dual braking system provides a physical brake inside the drum and supplemental braking force generated by the winch motor. The 2 brakes operate simultaneously to ensure more reliable load holding when compared with single-brake recovery winches.

The automatic mechanical brake securely holds a load and prevents unintentional payout (or creep). When the winch motor is stopped, a large spring coil inside the drum expands to press against the spring chamber. The pressure of the spring on the wall of the spring chamber creates resistance that prevents the drum from rotating. This spring contracts when the winch is in gear to allow the drum to rotate.

When the winch is pulling the rope in or paying it out, the motor is not applying resistance to the drum. When you stop powering the rope in or out, the dynamic brake uses resistance from the motor to help hold the load.

Waterproof, Hand-Held Remote

Bulldog DC9 wired remote

A wired, hand-held remote with a 12' lead and in/out rocker switch is included so you can control your winch from a safe distance. Simply plug the waterproof 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 also a wireless remote kit (BD500527 - sold separately) that lets you operate the winch from up to 90' away.

Bulldog DC9

The remote plugs into a port on the on the side of the power unit. It has a rubber plug that prevents water from getting into the unit when you are not using the remote.

Wire Rope

Bulldog DC9 wire rope

The wire rope is made of high-strength, aircraft-grade galvanized steel that resists abrasions and is able to 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 (sold separately) so that you can safely handle the rope and hook. A rope dampener (BD500549 - sold separately) is also recommended. The rope dampener helps prevent a broken rope from snapping back by forcing it to the ground.

Steel Hook

The removable steel hook is made of high-strength forged 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

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. It has a black powder coat finish and zinc-plated rollers that are tough and corrosion resistant. The fairlead installs with the included steel hardware.

Note: The roller fairlead does not mount directly to the winch - it typically attaches to tabs on the winch mounting plate that bolts to your bumper (sold separately) or grille guard (sold separately). Most aftermarket mounts include these tabs.

Rugged Construction

This winch is constructed of strong, durable materials that are able to withstand any weather condition or terrain. The die-cast aluminum housing creates a strong and rigid winch body. It also helps to protect the wire rope and internal components from water, rocks, and debris. The winch body, internal components, and remote are sealed to IP66 standards. This means that the winch remains fully operational in pouring rain. The copper terminals and carbon steel hardware are corrosion resistant. The winch body also has a black matte powder coat finish that is corrosion resistant.


ComeUp Winch installation

The winch is fully integrated so it's easy to install right out of the box. Simply bolt the winch and fairlead to a mounting plate (sold separately), bolt the plate to your bumper, and run the included wiring to your vehicle's battery. The cables are color coded and printed with the AWG for easy installation. Alternatively, you can bolt the winch and fairlead to the mounting points on many aftermarket bumpers and grille guards. Quick connects (BD500607 - sold separately) are available to make removing and re-installing the winch easy.

Winch Line Pull Capacity

Layers of RopeCapacity (lbs)Total Rope on Drum (ft)
1st Layer12,00016-1/8
2nd Layer9,56336-1/2
3rd Layer7,94860
4th Layer6,80083-3/4

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 12,000-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 8,000 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface120,000
5 (3)80,040
10 (6)60,240
20 (11)40,800
30 (17)31,320
50 (26)22,320
70 (35)18,360
100 (45)15,480

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 (sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a tree saver strap (sold separately) with a bow shackle (BD500604 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Using double-line operation will approximately double your winch's pulling capacity.

500601 Bulldog DC12.0 Off-Road Winch - Wire Rope - Roller Fairlead - 12,000 lbs

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