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Bulldog Winch Alpha Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 15,000 lbs

Bulldog Winch Alpha Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 15,000 lbs

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Heavy-duty winch with 6.8-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Premium winch offers top line speeds, extra-thick side frames, and an extended duty cycle. Thermal limiter with LED indicator prevents overheating. 1-800-496-5010 to order Bulldog Winch electric winch part number BDW10048 or order online at Free expert support on all Bulldog Winch products. Great prices and Fastest Shipping for Bulldog Winch Alpha Series Off-Road Winch - Synthetic Rope - Hawse Fairlead - 15,000 lbs. Electric Winch reviews from real customers.
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Bulldog Winch Electric Winch - BDW10048

  • Truck Winch
  • Recovery Winch
  • 14001 - 16000 lbs
  • Synthetic Rope
  • Bulldog Winch
  • Plug-In Remote
  • Slow - 0 to 4 FPM
  • 7.0 HP
  • 71 - 80 lbs
  • 3-Stage Planetary Gear

Heavy-duty winch with 6.8-hp, series-wound motor lets you quickly and safely recover a stuck vehicle. Premium winch offers top line speeds, extra-thick side frames, and an extended duty cycle. Thermal limiter with LED indicator prevents overheating.


  • Premium 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 10,000 lbs
  • 6.8-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
    • Vent lets vapor escape to prevent moisture buildup
    • Finned heat sink allows heat to quickly dissipate to keep motor cool
  • Thermal limiting switch automatically cuts power to the motor to prevent it from overheating
    • Green LED feedback light indicates when the motor can safely be restarted
  • Sealed, 500-amp contactor transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor
    • Water- and weather-resistant to IP67 specifications
    • Battery leads have heat- and abrasion-resistant sheathing
  • Power unit includes contactor, plastic housing, thermal limiting switch, and on/off switch
    • 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 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
  • 1/2" Diameter HMPE synthetic rope is strong as steel yet lightweight and safer to handle
    • 80' Long with 6' woven polyester protective sleeve
    • 3/8" Steel clevis 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
  • Durable, black powder coated steel body and motor resist corrosion
    • Galvanized motor tube resists internal 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): 15,000 lbs (static load)
    • Vehicle recovery capacity: 10,000 lbs
  • Motor: 12-volt DC
    • Line pull at 0 lbs:
      • Power draw: 70 amps
      • Line speed: 20 FPM
    • Line pull at 15,000 lbs:
      • Power draw: 420 amps
      • Line speed: 4 FPM
  • Gear ratio: 262:1
  • Duty cycle: 3 minutes on/15 minutes off
  • Braking: 100-percent load-holding mechanical
  • Battery lead wire: 2 gauge
  • Battery lead length: 6'
  • Rope dimensions: 80' long x 1/2" (12 mm) diameter
  • Winch dimensions: 23" long x 6-11/16" wide x 9-13/16" tall
  • Drum dimensions: 2-1/2" diameter x 9" 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): 77 lbs
  • Recommended battery size (for maximum power): 650 CCA
  • Warranty:
    • Limited lifetime on mechanical parts
    • 3-Year on electrical parts

Bulldog Winch Alpha Series

The Alpha Series recovery winch has all the features of a Bulldog Winch Standard Series winch - a synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, hand-held remote, and sealed contactor - with some serious upgrades. The Alpha motor offers more horsepower, a faster line-pull speed, and a longer duty cycle. It's also connected to a thermal limiter that prevents it from overheating. The power unit has an integrated on/off switch, the contactor has a higher amp rating, and the installation wires have a fiberglass sheathing for added safety. The free-spool clutch is also easier to shift, and the winch frame is built of thicker steel than the Standard Series winches.

Heavy-Duty, 6.8-Horsepower Alpha Motor

Bulldog Winch Alpha Motor

The Alpha features a 6.8-horsepower, 12-volt DC motor with 15,000 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. A built-in vent lets vapor escape to prevent moisture buildup, and a finned heat sink allows the heat to quickly dissipate to keep the motor cool. The motor is constructed of durable, corrosion-resistant materials including the powder coated housing, galvanized motor tube, copper battery terminals, and zinc-plated steel hardware.

Thermal Limiting Switch

Bulldog Winch Thermal Limiting SwitchBulldog Winch Thermal Limiting Switch with Green LED inside power unit

There is a thermal limiting switch inside the power unit that prevents the unit from overheating. The green LED light on the top of the power unit indicates that the winch is functioning. This light will shut off and power to the motor will be cut when the temperature exceeds 158 degrees. The light comes back on and the thermal limiter automatically reconnects the power once the motor has cooled down enough to resume operation.

Power Unit with Sealed Contactor

Bulldog Winch Power UnitBulldog Winch Contactor

The contactor - or solenoid - transmits power from the vehicle's battery to the winch motor. The 500-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. The battery leads have heat- and abrasion-resistant sheathing and are labeled with flags for easy installation.

Remote plugged into power unit

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 plug on top of the power unit that houses the attachment port for the remote control. For convenience - or to free up space in a tight fit - you can also mount the power unit remotely with a special wiring kit (BDW20132 - 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 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 steel gearbox has a finned heat sink that allows heat to quickly dissipate. It's also 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 mechanical brake controls the line speed and prevents unintentional payout (or creep). It activates when the winch is in gear and the rope is winding out. As the drum rotates outward, the brake expands to put pressure on the inside wall of the drum. It contracts when the drum rotates inward, releasing brake pressure. At maximum pressure the brake holds 100 percent of the load.

The friction created when the brake pads press against the drum generates heat. The steel tube drum is designed to disperse this heat across its entire surface. 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 in 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

This 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 yellow hook is made of premium-grade chrome molybdenum (chromoly) 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.

Aluminum Hawse Fairlead

Bulldog Winch Aluminum Hawse Fairlead

The CNC machine billet aluminum hawse fairlead is designed to be used with synthetic rope. The 3/4" thick fairlead has a black anodized finish that resists corrosion, and it installs with zinc-plated hardware. The aluminum construction and rounded fairlead hole help reduce friction and wear on the rope to keep it strong and functional.

Rugged Construction

Bulldog Winch rugged construction

The Alpha 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 extra-thick 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 Layer15,00014
2nd Layer12,80033
3rd Layer11,00056
4th Layer9,80080

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 15,000-pound capacity - will work for vehicles with an approximate GVW of 10,000 pounds.

Rolling Load Winch Capacity

Percent InclineRolling Load Capacity (lbs)
Level Surface150,000
5 (3°)100,050
10 (6°)75,750
20 (11°)51,000
30 (17°)39,150
50 (26°)27,900
70 (35°)22,950
100 (45°)19,350
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 (BDW20077 - sold separately). Secure the pulley block to a recovery strap (BDW20031 - sold separately) with a bow shackle (BDW20021 - sold separately) to provide a strong anchor for your double-line pull. Or use the Bulldog Winch 8-piece rigging kit (BDW20196 - 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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Review from a similar Alpha Series Step in Electric Winch

This bully as-9000tx is a good in-betweener of a step and a running board.
I needed a strong low hanging step that I could "pirouette" on. I am 75years and weigh 280 pounds. Bad back etc. I get up with both feet then turn around and scrunch my ample behind up and on seat. The point is it has held real well.
Okay..the installation was not an easy one..My 1997 f150 4x4 3door pickup
is not an easy fit. the "seam" that most steps rest on is very narrow and drilling the 2 holes for each mount proved un-doable ..too narrow. These got welded on.
The 4 holes that supposed to be drilled for the top part of mounts on the rocker panel...would be very hard (too cramped for drilling)..maybe with a right angle drill
You might do it. My installer guy welded them too..and also drilled a couple holes and used larger screw/bolts than were provided. So that is my story.
For my truck it is an excellent step but needed a pro guy with welder stuff.
Cost me $100 bucks install but he is friend of my son. Probably cost more.??
Cost less on e-trailer than other online retailers.


Review from a similar Alpha Series Step in Electric Winch

The step mounts to the rocker panel. It requires drilling with an angle drill. Also, self tapping screws are part of the mounting. I don't trust the self tapping screws because the sheet metal in the rocker panel is too thin and is indented with grooves which make it difficult to line up the self tapping screws. I mounted two of the steps and when finished, I had my son and daughter try them out. The steps both shifted when they were stepped on. I had to make modifications to strengthen the mountings. I would have preferred to have steps that mount to the cab mounts (frame). Now because of the drilling, I will have to try to rust proof the rocker panels. Otherwise, the steps look good and now are strong enough to be used safely.


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