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
9 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
9 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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