Before starting, let me state up front that my knowledge of hydraulics is pretty much limited to knowing how to spell the word.
On my wish list is an Artillian grapple & a TnT for our 1025r TLB. Guessing neither would get heavy day to day use - just a few days here & there during a year.
First the TnT. Seems like the go to place is Fite Rite. I'm positive that there's no way I could go wrong buying from Brian, but the lead time MAY be a roadblock.
In a perfect world, I would like to avoid dealing with hose connect/disconnect. A linear actuator like I have on my old Sears SS/16 3ph or Johnny Bucket Jr comes to mind. From what I've read, the forces on a top link would tear one up quickly. So then comes to mind a self contained hydraulic controlled by some sort of electric gizmo (solenoid?). Don't see any so far. So back to what everyone else doing, connect/disconnect hoses.
A good deal of my problem with the Fite Rite solution is the location of the valves. I don't like attaching them to the ROPS and cluttering that side of the operator station. Maybe could devise a way to put valve & TnT hoses on a separate "bar" that could be attached only when needed and only the feed/return hydraulic hoses would have to be connected.
Saw a video where the TnT used the FEL controller to operate - that seemed to be a cleaner concept to me. So now we're into my real flight of fancy. I'm going to need pretty much the same diverter-type valve for the grapple too, right? Conceptually could I use the same value & controls for a grapple OR a TnT? Guessing that would mean a 4 hose connect/disconnect for either. Is this just too far out or likely to cost as much (or more ) than the 2 separate entities?