So I traded in the old 1026r for a new 1025R and ordered the 3rd SCV kit with it. And the AV20F grapple. I may have taken some creative liberties with the word "need' when ordering all this. But I've already put it to good use and love it!
This 3rd SCV kit is definitely the way to go if you're buying a new machine IMO. Rolled into the 0% financing with installation at the dealer is $1250. For comparison, the Artillian diverter kit is $824 shipped and you install it yourself. So for an extra $400, you get a much more versatile and clean install without lifting a finger. The 3rd SCV can also be used for a snow plow angle, hydraulic top link, or any other hydraulic implement. The quick connect is located to the side near the fuel filter. So it can easily be used for a rear implement too. It is not tied to the loader or way up front like a diverter kit. The it comes with the hydraulic lines up to the front of the loader too though.
The AV20F grapple is great so far. I've never owned a grapple so I can't compare it to an artillian or any other brand. It is definitely one of if not the lightest weight option out there. For a small subcompact tractor, that's a big deal IMO. It cost $1350, and was also rolled into the 0% financing.
I've already moved around a bunch of crap I had laying around the yard. I started tearing out old shrubs and weeds. Ripped out one of the two horseshoe pits I don't use. Building up the burn pile larger and larger. Makes very fast work of everything. Now I can see why everyone who has a grapple loves them.
This fall, I will probably add a hydraulic angle cylinder to my loader mounted snow plow and use the 3rd SCV for that. I may also get a hydraulic top link for the 3 point.