Universal III Janette Motor – Lubrication

IMAG0735PHOTO CORRECTED BY MODERATOR. I received my new-to-me Universal III AB this week and have been dutifully cleaning and oiling this magnificent press. In the process I’ve run into a snag owing to my lack of experience with small motors. I cannot figure out where to oil the motor. Hoping someone may have experience with this model.

The motor which drives the inking is clearly not the original Reliance model, but a Janette motor with these specs:

Janette Model AW, 1/12 HP, 1725 input rpm, 108 output rpm

There are three caps on the top of the motor. The middle cap has a small hole in the side (breather?) The furthest cap out has a loosely crimped-on top that spins freely. (see photo)

I am also unsure of where to check the oil level on this motor and whether or not 20 SAE will be sufficient.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

-Jeffrey Lay

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Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

The motor orientation doesn’t matter. Lower plug is the level check and upper plug is the add. Use the 3-in-One in the blue and white bottle. It says SAE 20 on the label. It’s thicker than the origina 3-in-one in the black and white bottle. Some motors specified SAE 30, but any oil is better than none.

Paul Moxon, Moderator
10 years ago

The level is checked by loosening the bottom screw plug. Generally, oil is added to the top plug hole. In this instance, I think you can oil to the middle plug hole.

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