Butch, I have a backhoe and a cherry picket. Have no need for a boom. Besides, the hyd on the ford leaks down when turned off.
Forgot to mention, I want the tractor level. When I remove blades at the end of the season, I also change oil. Can't do that when it's standing on the rear wheels. Don't like the idea of standing tractor on rear wheels for fear of acid coming out of battery.
Keep in mind, this is cheap, easy and safe. Do what ever works for you.