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OK..SO... It's done!
Tested, works AWESOME :)
I had the 635lb ballast box bouncing around while I spread 12 yards of crushed blue stone and fines, then the back blade spreading it, then the landscape rake.
Not being a "pro" .. I dumped it as best I could..but it was still little piles so was REAL bumpy.
Neither the ballast box, blade, nor rake budged the whole afternoon. The top link held position perfectly.

The base of the loader frame is a busy place now... lotsa hoses. But, nothing rubs, and no minimum bend radii were exceeded. This thing is awesome! total cost, all done (with shipping and tax)... $490
(I owned a couple parts.. if you bought this yourself with nothing "in stock" you'd be around $525)

SO.. the "$60" selector valve project cost $500... but for an occasional light user, it's great.
IF, I was to buy a heavy duty grapple and use it regularly...because of possible very high pressures involved... I would consider a little heavier duty selector... so that would add maybe $100-150

The top link cylinder is more than adequate for light use, and I don't believe the 1 Series 3 point lift capacity would cause you to exceed the forces that cylinder can apply.

Here is a materials list:
QuantityDescriptionPart NumberSource
16.6 GPM 12 Volt DC Double Selector Valve DFE0809-12390Surplus Center
2SAE ORB 4 Male x 1/4" NPT Female Swivel Straight 6900-04-04 Adapter9-6900-4-4Surplus Center
4SAE ORB 4 Male x 1/4" NPT Male Straight 6401-04-04 Adapter9-6401-4-4Surplus Center
41/4" NPT Male x 1/4" NPT Female Swivel 90 Degree Elbow 1501-04-04 Adapter9-1501-4-4Surplus Center
2SAE 6 ORB Male x 1/4" NPT Male 90 Degree Elbow 6806-06-04 Adapter9-6806-6-4Surplus Center
81.25" I.D. Nylon Hose Sleeve for 1/2" Hydraulic Hose NHS-1259-12496-8Surplus Center
21/4" x 84" 1/4 NPTM x 1/4 NPTM SAE 100R17 Hydraulic Hose Assembly 3000 PSI916-1484Surplus Center
21/4" x 18" 1/4 NPTM x 1/4 NPTM SAE 100R17 Hydraulic Hose Assembly 3000 PSI916-1418Surplus Center
11.5x12x1 DA Hydraulic Cylinder Wolverine WWSB1512-S9-12229-12Surplus Center
2Screw21H1486Deere
2Screw37M7355Deere
1Screw37M7356Deere
2LocknutLVA12162Deere
1GripLVU16651Deere
1GripLVU16701Deere
15 Sets 2 Pin DT04-2P/DT06-2S Automobile Waterproof Connector 22-16AWGDJ3021Y-1.6-11/21Amazon
1Jtron Momentary Push Button Switches Off-(ON) Waterproof Rubber CasingSwitchAmazon
1Nilight LED Light Bar Wiring Harness KitHarnessAmazon
1Cat 1 top link repair endTractor supply
1218-2 Wire for SCV to Relay (Black)Lowes
31/4" Quick Connect Pioneer Style Coupler M/F set with caps an plugs (1/4" NPT)1/4” Ag ISO 5675Various

Photos in a few... gotta go pick some tomatoes :)
 

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Here are some pics of "in ready to work" config...

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This was a great project, and works exactly as I wanted... I'm real happy with it.

It REALLY shines with the landscape rake with the wheels on... you can so easily set the depth of cut...without having to crane around and spin the toplink, or get off the machine.
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Next plan... I am going to make a very simple grapple for my FEL bucket... just something to hold branches in... not sure if I'll use this cylinder or maybe my QH angle cylinder.
 

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Here's a video!
 

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Thanks for the video and for putting together all of the part numbers and information on this. I have a couple of follow up questions.

Did you go for the longer of the top links? Any regrets on that? Just from observation it looks like you could have used a little shorter top link.

Do you have an iMatch. Would you have changed anything if you were running a quick hitch?

Did you ever built your home made grapple?
 
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Yes, the longer 12" one. No regrets at all. Very happy to have the longer stroke

Nope, no iMatch yet. I think it'd be in my way most of the time.
I have however been eyeballin' the Pat's, as I take my 3 point arms off a LOT.
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The grapple is still in the "thinkin" stage.
 

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I've began planning my "mount on the bucket" add-on grapple grabber thingy...
Not enough stroke here... was thinkin' about using the Quick Hitch Lift cylinder. (4" stroke)
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