New to tractor ownership and trying to understand all of my options. I purchased a used (30 hours) 2015 1025R TLB. It comes with a 54" snowblower (JD), 60" MMM, and a cab so its pretty loaded. I am also looking at picking up the frontier BB2048 and some pallet forks which look like they will be extremely useful. I have narrowed down the additional list to getting the tires filled with ballast, the imatch, and the final piece is the ballast box. Its the ballast box I have the most trouble with (expense/value). If I understand this correctly a ballast box can add an additional 600lbs to the tractor (box plus concrete), just using round numbers. I don't have a tractor to measure right now but if I look at a side view and using the JD spec for wheelbase, I am adding 600lbs to the rear, approximately 2 feet from the rear axle (round numbers) and the FEL sits 2 feet in front of the front axle at rest.. (again, just a guess). That's around 81" from the bucket load (center line) to the rear axle which puts the mechanical advantage of the ballast at 180(ish) lbs? Doesn't seem like a lot of relief for the front axle. Comparing that (180) to the entire tractor (1444+400(cab)+540(FEL)) that is 2380 lbs total or 8% of the total weight. From a mechanical advantage perspective it doesn't feel like much and have the weight centered actually does very little to improve lateral stability. Does it really make a difference? If you forgot to put the ballast box on one day would you notice or is it more about a comfort factor? Probably overthinking it and experience is probably a better guide here than the math.