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

3 thoughts on “Universal III Janette Motor – Lubrication

  1. Paul Moxon, Moderator - August 2, 2013

    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.

  2. Jeffrey Lay - August 1, 2013

    Thank you for the response.

    In this case the plugs are all along the top of the motor, the photo is shot looking down, so the three plugs face upward. I assume the motor is mounted oddly as it sticks out roughly a 1/2 inch too far for the cabinet door to close properly (the cylindrical projection at the top of the photo prevents the door from closing all the way) Regardless, the rollers run smoothly for now, but I am certain that the motor has not seen lube in the last few years.

    Maybe I should just drop some motor oil in that center plug hole just to be safe.

    Do you suppose the 3-in-1 would do the trick? Does it matter if the motor is mounted horizontally and not vertically for the oil to get where it needs to go?

    Thanks for your time!

  3. Paul Moxon, Moderator - August 1, 2013

    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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