Accord MSC 3000 Universal drill Over the years we’ve followed Accord’s updates to its Universal MSC drill (driving impressions, 11/01 and 01/06). Now it has become a Kverneland Accord, and last autumn it was time to see how the MSC 3000 model performed over a full season in the field. Here are the results of our profi practical test.
To kick off, we’d like to point out that since our 2004 driving impression there has been only one small change to the MSC drill range. So the info there is still valid. This time, however, we focus on what it’s like to work with the machine day-to-day. To see how easy (or otherwise) a 3.0m, ISObus-equipped MSC is to
operate — and get a feel for the quality of work it can produce — we drilled both rape and cereals.
Size first. The machine is 7m long, semi-mounted and attaches through Cat III links. The basic configuration is two gangs of discs, followed by disc coulters and topped off (naturally) by an air seeder. An A-stand is provided up front, but it isn’t needed as enough support comes from the optional front tyre press. The drawbar (hefty at 16cm x 16cm) extends, so that almost right-angled turns are possible, even when behind big tractors wearing duals. Hoses carry clear flow direction markings and, along with their explanatory drawbar sticker, tick all the boxes.
There’s storage for all seven hydraulic couplers: Two for disc depth, two for the running gear, one for the markers and another (with a free return) for the fan. But the two brake lines and the single lighting/ISObus cable have to find their own resting place when not connected. The drawbar also hosts a universal spanner, used on bolts and turnbuckles all over the machine.