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'The Steed' Sherpa 4x4 17000Lb Winch

The Sherpa 4x4 range of offroad winches are a quality Australian designed brand and undeniably the best value for money on the market. These are heavy duty, industrial quality, 4WD and truck winches. With increased load ratings they outperform the competition. The huge 6.6hp motors coupled with their 3 stage planetary gear boxes make them incredibly powerful. Available with a range of options such as lightweight synthetic rope or robust steel cable, oversized spools, 12/24V genuine Albright solenoids and even dual motors.

  • Available in 12 or 24 Volt
  • Genuine Albright solenoid
  • 28 or 45 meter Drum
  • Fits all major bullbars
  • 316 stainless steel fittings and cross members. 
  • Updated Albright heavy duty solenoid as standard
  • Simple hoist style hand remote.
  • Stylish yellow powder coat.


Why are Sherpa winches different to the competition?

Tried and Tested - These 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 reliable product offered to Sherpa 4x4 customers. These winches have been witnessed to perform under water in the muddiest rainforests on the planet recovering laden trucks to safety. Sealed to water and mud ingress* they perform reliably in the toughest outback conditions.

Tough & Durable - The Steed winch is designed to survive in all conditions, with 316 stainless steel fittings, this winch will stand up to all environments. Sherpa winches boast a IP68 rating meaning they are suitable for dusty and wet environments with quality o-rings and seals.

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 drum damaging synthetic rope. 'Brake in Drum' winches are low cost and not designed for synthetic rope, this will become obvious at the most inconvenient time. Also avoid 'Brake in Motor' hoist style winches, these brakes are not suited to extreme offroad 4x4 applications and are inferior to the Sherpa 4x4 design. Sherpa Winches are compatible with all types of synthetic rope as the brake is designed into the gearbox ensuring a long life and well lubricated design. This innovative design results in a trouble and heat free winching and braking combination. Any experienced winch operator will understand the importance of a strong, reliable winch brake, it's definitely not something you want to fail when you're perched precariously on the side of a hill.

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. 

Powerful- Sherpa 4x4 winches come with massive series wound motors featuring higher amounts of copper in the winding's than 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 winches are supplied with the parts and materials making installation easy for the home mechanic. Made to fit the common winch bars in Australia you'll be amazed how quickly it can be integrated into your set-up.

Fairleads - Depending on if you're after the synthetic rope or the steel cable, Sherpa will match the fairlead to your selection.

Warranty and Parts - Sherpa offers a 5 Year warranty on the 17,000lb winch range. We also keep a complete range of affordable spares to get you out of trouble if ever required.


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.


Winch Optional Extras:

  • 'Plug n Play' Wireless remote kits
  • Sherpa 4x4 recommends the use of a battery isolation switch on all installations. A 500A continuous rated switch suitable with Sherpa 4x4 winches can also be supplied.
  • Extended 3m long battery leads

4x4 Winch Technical Details

Specifications Value
Rated Line Pull 17,000lb (7,700kg)
Motor 6.6hp series wound (12V or 24V options)
Gear reduction ratio 246:1   3 stage planetary gearbox
IP Rating 68
Rope/Cable

10.0mm synthetic rope rated to 23,760Lb 

10mm steel cable

Mounting Bolt Diameter 11.2mm
Drum Size (Dia x Length) 64mm x 224mm
Mounting Bolt Pattern 254mm x 114.3mm
Weight See winch weight chart
Clutch 180 degree turn, free spooling, slide ring gear
Brake Automatic in gearbox
Solenoid Albright International Heavy Duty 800 amp
Duty Cycle Intermittent
Fairlead Cable (4 Roller Fairlead) | Rope (Polished Aluminium hawse)
Battery Leads 2m long
Certification CE - designed to meet European standards
Warranty 5 Years

Performance Data for 12V Winch

Line Pull (Lb) Line Speed (m/min) Motor Current (A)
0 7.2 80
1500 5.2 115
3,000 4.6 145
6,000 3.8 195
9,000 2.9 280
12,000 2.1 375
17,000 1.3 425

Performance Data for 24V Winch

Line Pull (Lb) Line Speed (m/min) Motor Current (A)
0 8.1 45
1500 6.1 70
3,000 5.3 100
6,000 4.5 130
9,000 3.6 165
12,000 2.6 195
17,000 1.8 225

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