What is a Diverter Valve?

A hydraulic diverter valve allows you to individually control two double or single acting cylinders from a single valve, giving you a simple way to add auxiliary components to your system. Another way of thinking about this valve is that it allows you to electronically switch between two cylinders, rather than manually disconnecting and reconnecting hoses. If more than two cylinders need to be controlled, diverter valves can be stacked together to allow control of up to four circuits in total.

Hydraulic Solenoid Selector DV50 Instruction Diagram, How a Diverter Valve Works; Diverter Selector Valve
Hydraulic Solenoid Selector DV50 Instruction Diagram

How a Diverter Valve functions

As an example of the function of a diverter valve, our DV50 kits are often used on sub-compact tractors to add a grapple. Our kit is designed to be plumbed in line with your loaders tilt function, Fluid is allowed to pass through Ports P1/P2 to C/D, when the trigger is pulled on the included joystick handle, the flow of fluid will then switch from the tilt cylinder to the new auxiliary circuit (A/B).  To open and close the auxiliary circuit, press and hold the trigger and move the joystick side to side to open and close the auxiliary cylinder. As soon as the trigger is released, flow will automatically switch back to allow use of the tilt function.

Common Applications:

  • Grapples
  • Snow Plows
  • Snow Blowers
  • Augers

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