One Shot Lube Pump

Any experiences out there fitting a one-shot lube pump like one of these to a press?

I’m going to attempt one for a Vandercook (232-P).

FYI: This one I found is $23.


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I guess there are electronic one that I can rig with the number of cylinder movement….

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Why would you do that? When you use your press in a ‘normal’ way, the lubrication is part of the process. By lubricating it manually, you also stay aware of the wear and tear of your machine. Before I print, I do a tour of the oil holes, give a few drops, wipe away anything that flows over, check the condition of the rails, gear rack etc.

I agree with Thomas. This is how you come to truly know your press.

And, with all respect mr. Yamada, the Vandercook is a manual press,that that was built to pull quality proofs and small editions and not a production machine like the Heidelberg Platen press, also known in your country as a ‘windmill’… For those kind of presses a pump might be useful.

Actually, the 232P is not a manual press. It is one of the largest and most complicated power-carriage Vandercooks ever made. There are lots of lubrication points, but how many could benefit from central oil is the question.

The Heidelberg windmill and the Vandercook I’m familiar with have total-loss oiling systems. Whatever you put in the oil ‘hole’ ends up on the floor/pan eventually. That being the case, you oil it once in the morning, regardless of the number of impressions run the previous day.
The windmill has a pump handle that sends oil to several of the main bearings, yet there are still several bearings and surfaces that require hand oiling.
I would recommend the manual oiler that Taro first suggested for the main bearings, with careful attention to manually oil the smaller bearings and/or surfaces. The 232P looks like a fantastic press to own; there are some examples on YouTube.
Are you currently producing on this machine?

Sorry guys, I should have put it better. What I meant with a manual machine is that it wasn’t built as a ‘production machine’ to do large print runs…