Adding Hydraulics For A Grapple

Kioti CX2510 Tractor using a grapple

Boost your tractor’s versatility and efficiency with a grapple attachment! This handy tool transforms your tractor into a multi-tasking machine, perfect for tackling a wide range of jobs around your property. Whether you’re clearing brush, moving logs, or stacking debris, a grapple can save you time, effort, and even money.

There are three primary ways that we advise people to add hydraulics for a grapple.

Third Function Kits

Your first option is to install a third function kit via the power beyond port on your loader valve. This allows you to use your grapple without having to divert fluid away from your tilt function. Our third function kits include a joystick-switch operated control valve, which will allow you to control one double-acting cylinder for your grapple. See the drawing below for how an example installation.

The kits are compatible with Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, Kioti and LS tractors. We also offer universal kits for machines under 25 GPM of hydraulic pump flow.

Diagram of a Standard Loader valve configurations with a Third Function Valve Installed

Diverter Valve Kits

The second option is to install a diverter valve in-line with the tilt function of your loader. In the drawing below, ports P1/P2 are connected to your loader valve’s tilt function. Then, the grapple is connect to the auxiliary circuit using ports A&B. Finally, the tilt cylinder is connected to the primary circuit using ports C&D. When the switch is inactive, fluid flows through the valve (In P1/P2 & C/D ports), allowing you to operate the tilt cylinder as normal. When the switch for the diverter is activated, fluid will be diverted to the grapple (in P1/P2 & A/B ports), allowing you to open and close your grapple by moving the joystick for your loader left and right. When the switch is deactivated, fluid will revert back to the tilt.

We offer a complete John Deere 1 & 2 Series Kit with the valve, hoses, fittings, etc. We also offer universal kits for other models of John Deere and various tractors under 30 GPM of hydraulic pump flow.

Diagram of a diverter valve

Front Third Function & Rear Remotes Kit

Your third option is to add an all-in-one rear remote valve kit with front 3rd function! This exclusive kit is designed to install on your tractor to add rear remote connections and a third function. This allows you to easily control various hydraulic implements in the front and rear using our Summit Hydraulics joystick and/or switchbox controls. You can add one, two, or three rear remote coupler sets to your machine and a third function in the front.

The kits are compatible with Kubota, John Deere, Bobcat, Kioti and LS tractors.

Rear Remote Kit with a Third Function

Learn more about the similarities and differences of our hydraulic kits

Summit Hydraulic Product Kit Breakdown Third Function Valve Kit Diverter Valve Kit Front + Rear Valve Kit
Location on Tractor? Front Front Front + Rear
Solenoid or Manually Operated? Solenoid Both Solenoid
Continuation or diversion of fluid? Continuation Diversion Continuation
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In conclusion, equipping your tractor with a grapple opens up a world of possibilities for grabbing, lifting, and maneuvering logs, brush, debris, or other materials. By installing a third function valve kit or a diverter valve kit, you can give your loader the hydraulic muscle it needs to effectively power the grapple.

18 thoughts on “Adding Hydraulics For A Grapple

  1. jose graciano says:

    hello … i was refered by Good works tractors… i have a Mahindra 26xl … i would like to install a 3rd function or diverter setup for a grapple and maybe a hydraulic top link for the 3 point … i will not be using them often .. im just lazy.. i may just need the grapple setup but if funds allow it i would for sure like to do the rear auxiliary hydraulics at same time… thank you for time..

  2. Eddie says:

    I have a 2016 JD 1025R that came from the dealer with a Backhoe. I’m looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add a Grapple to the front. I won’t be using the BH and Grapple simultaneously so can I just run long hydraulic lines from the power beyond in back to the front when I use a grapple or what would be the best way?

  3. Ray Hoot says:

    I am adding a grapple to my Massey Ferguson 253. I am not sure what the max gpm is for the tractor to know which diverter valve to purchase. Do you know which valve would work with the 253 ?

  4. Felix Weglarz says:

    I have a Cabela’s LM36 built by TYM and am looking for a 3rd function diverted valve to use with a Grapple. My Joy Stick already has the momentary switch pre-installed. Please advise on what model (part number) 3rd Function Valve that I would need (13gpm I believe) and what part number for a solenoid with wires? I’m also want to order a Diverter Valve Plate Mounting Bracket.
    Thank You Felix Weglarz

  5. Dave McClallen says:

    Hello i have a Massey Ferguson GC1725 TLB (Has Backhoe) id like a 3rd function kit (not a diverter) to operate a grapple. What kit do you have that would work?

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