Build it simple, build it strong. South Yorks firm Philip Watkins has developed a reputation for introducing no-nonsense tillage kit that does the job and lasts the course. Though not new, the latest machine to receive the Watkins treatment is its trailed Quad-till Lite one-pass cultivator. The core configuration remains unchanged — two rows of 510mm discs, three rows of tines, levelling discs and a single row of DD rings — but a number of upgrades have been made to the individual elements. Here we’re talking a switch from rubber- to steel-sprung discs for better contour following and an improved soil finish; a redesign for the main chassis to allow adjustment from the cab; and the mounting of the levelling discs and rear packer on a three-point linkage so they can be easily removed, to leave the land more open over winter.  Working widths of 3.0m to 7.0m are listed, with the pictured 6.0m unit needing a tractor from 380hp to 500hp, depending on soil type and tine depth.