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'Mule' - Dual Motor Winch

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Model: SW12V17LB45SCSSD

'The Mule' - 17,000Lb 4x4 Dual Motor Truck Winch

A massive 12.6 HP of power, the new Sherpa 4x4 dual motor winch couples a 3 stage planetary gearbox making this one of the most powerful winches on the market. The winch is ideal for trucks, Iveco Dailys, 4x4's towing boats and caravans as well as standard 4x4's looking for an extreme recovery winch. Available in 12V or 24V with a genuine Albright solenoids as well as 45m cable and rope options.

Winch Dimensions and Bolting Pattern

Why are Sherpa winches different to the competition?

  • Tried and Tested - Sherpa 4x4 winches have been designed and built with many years experience in the winching and lifting business. These winches have been through many stages of testing and improvements to deliver a product Sherpa 4x4 is proud to offer to our customers. They have been witnessed to perform under water in the muddiest rain forests on the planet recovering ladened trucks to safety. Sealed to water and mud ingress they perform reliably in the toughest outback conditions. 
  • Tough & Durable - The Mule winch is designed to survive in all conditions, with 316 stainless steel fitting this winch will stand up to all environments. Not only that but The Mule allows for motor redundancy, with each motor only drawing to half of its capacity, if one motor fails the 2nd is able to take the full load. This not only offers extra safety but also improves the longevity of the winch.
  • Braking Design - Beware of cheap imitations! Many winches on the market use a ‘Brake in drum’ design which causes heat to build up in the winch damaging synthetic rope. ‘Brake in Drum’ winches are not designed for synthetic rope, this will become obvious at the most inconvenient time. Sherpa 4x4 winches are compatible with all types of synthetic rope as the brake is designed into the gearbox. This innovative design results in a trouble and heat free winch and braking combination.
  • Quality gearboxes - Other brands use sintered steel to make their gears. In this process heat and pressure is used to cast shapes from powdered steel. Sintered gears are no where near as strong as gears which are CNC cut from quality billet steel. Sherpa specify and demand the highest quality components for every step of the winch build meaning we can deliver stronger winches which last.  
  • Electrics - Sherpa 4x4 winches come standard with fully sealed, water tight, heavy duty, genuine Albright solenoids. The number one failure for winches is the solenoid so why use anything but the best. Sherpa only offer Albright solenoids across our complete range of winches because they work. Don't waste your time with imitations, demand the best. Sherpa winches are IP68 rated.
  • Powerful- Sherpa 4x4 winches come with massive series wound motors featuring higher amounts of copper in the winding's then others. By specifying the best motors across all our winches as a standard component, you are ensured a more durable winch motor which can withstand the extreme conditions winching brings. The fully engineer designed frame and gearbox results in incredible winching power. Why settle for 9,000lb when more pulling power is available. When other winches are stalling, the Sherpa 4x4 units are still loading up.
  • Simplicity - Sherpa 4x4 winches are supplied with the parts and materials making installation easy for the home mechanic. Made to fit the common winch bars (ARB, TJM, Toyota & Nissan factory bars to name a few) in Australia you'll be amazed how quickly it can be integrated into your set-up. The bolting pattern is the standard pattern used by almost all winches including Warn and Ironman. If unsure what winch will ft your bull bar please see our winch dimensions & diagrams on our website or contact a sales representative.
  • Fair leads & Hawse - Depending on if you're after the synthetic rope or the steel cable a 4 roller fairlead or aluminium hawse will be supplied. An offset aluminium hawse can also be supplied on request.
  • Warranty and Parts - Sherpa 4x4 offers a 5 Year warranty on 17,000lb Dual Motor winches. An economical range of spares can be supplied to get you out of trouble if ever required.

Albright Winch Solenoid

Genuine Albright Solenoids

All Sherpa 4x4 winches come with genuine Albright solenoids! Incorporated into our electrics is a custom made version of the DC88P solenoid designed specifically by Albright International for the Sherpa 4x4 control boxes. With 70 years experienced in contactor design, these are by far the best winch solenoids available. Capable of handling up to 800 amps, almost twice the maximum capacity of the winch. Contact plating is second to none, increasing the duty cycle over other winches. As seen in our water submersion testing videos the Albright solenoids can be run for significant time under water without moisture ingress. The cheap Chinese solenoids used in the majority of winches will fail under extreme conditions and under high amperage load.

What is included in the Sherpa winch kits:

Sherpa winches are supplied as a kit with all the items required for a standard winch installation. See the images here showing the parts included for synthetic rope and steel cable models.

 Sherpa Mule Dual Motor Winch Synthetic Rope Parts Sherpa truck winch steel cable parts
Synthetic Rope Models Steel Cable Models

Note: Mule dual motor models are supplied with an additional solenoid.


-Winch (fitted with either synthetic rope or steel cable as per your choice).

-Aluminium hawse or roller fairlead (synthetic rope winches will have an aluminium hawse, steel cable winches will come with a roller fairlead).

-Control box with internal Albright solenoid plus additional solenoid for the second motor.

-Wired hand remote (wireless remotes are an optional extra).

-All cabling to wire both motors.

-Winch hook with strap.

-Winch and control box mounting bolts.

-Control box mounting brackets. See the winch manual on the Sherpa Data Sheets page for instructions on mounting. The brackets included allow you to mount the control box directly on top of the winch by attaching to the winch cross members.

Sherpa 4x4 Winch Range

Product Testing:

Install Wiring How To:

Winch Gearbox Rotation:

Salt Water Submersion Test:

Technical Details

Rated Line Pull 17,000lb (7,700kg)
Motor Pulling In - 6.6 + 6.0HP  |  Spooling Out - 6.6HP  (12V or 24V options)
Gear reduction ratio 246:1 3 stage planetary gearbox
Cable / Rope

10mm synthetic rope rated to 23,760Lb 

10mm steel cable

Mounting Bolt Diameter 11.2mm
Drum Size (Dia x Length) 2.52" x 8.82" (64mm x 224mm)
Mounting Bolt Pattern

10" x 4.5" (254mm x 114.3mm)

This is the industry standard bolt patter and the same used by Warn winches.

Weight  Winch Weight Table
Clutch 180 degree turn, free spooling, slide ring gear
Brake Automatic in gearbox
Solenoid Dual Albright International Heavy Duty
Duty Cycle Intermittent
Fair Lead / Hawse Cable (4 way roller fair lead)  |  Rope (polished aluminium hawse)
Battery Leads 6ft (1.8m) long
Hand Remote Lead 11.5ft (3.5m) long
Certification CE - designed to meet European standards
Water Ingress Rating IP68
Warranty 5 Years

12V Winch Performance Data

Line Pull (Lb)
Line Speed (ft/min)
Motor Current (A)
0 23.6 100
1500 17.1 150
3,000 15.1 190
6,000 12.5 250
9,000 9.5 365
12,000 6.9 490
17,000 4.3 560

24V Winch Performance Data

Line Pull (Lb)
Line Speed (ft/min)
Motor Current (A)
0 26.6 60
1500 20.0 80
3,000 17.4 100
6,000 14.8 130
9,000 11.8 190


17,000 5.9 310


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

Bought a sherpa Mule for my Mitsubishi Canter a couple of years back. Gearbox is super solid and you can tell the solenoid is quality. No issues and still under warranty so stoked.

Sherpa Mule Review

Gotta say great winch. Does everything they claim. Was shipped fast and free too. Love it..