For years, I ran my X585 and 47" blower without any added weight on the rear. I didn't have any traction issues per se (even had turfs on the 585!) and it didn't seem to stress the machine. My dealer didn't say that ballast was required.
I've read a few threads about some X700 (and the cousin X500s) owners having suitcase weights etc. for counterbalancing the blower and for traction. I have no need for a 3 point hitch set up and don't see the need for the rear pto. When I bought my X748 this summer, my dealer knew I'd be having the blower on the machine (he and I put in the axle drive shaft together)....again, no comment about counterweight.
Can I get some thoughts about the idea of having ballast/counterweight, if it's a for sure need, what are the options, and photos would be great.
Thanks in advance for the ideas!