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Table of contents:
System Components
Assembly and Folding Instructions
Operating Your Easy Travel Elite
Moving and Transporting Your Easy Travel Elite
Helpful Hints for Everyday Use
General Maintenance and Inspection
EMI – Electromagnetic Interference
Fault Finding
Disposal and Recycling
Technical Data
NOTE: Design details may change without notice.
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The Easy Travel Elite is a “Class A” Electrically powered scooter. It is intended to be used by individuals that are able to walk, but suffer from mild
mobility limitations. The user must have sufficient arm and leg strength to get
on and off the Easy Travel Elite alone and to safely steer under all driving
The Easy Travel Elite is intended for indoor and restricted outdoor use on
pavements or paved footpaths only during daylight hours. Easy Travel Elite
does not have lights and reflectors and therefore must not be used in
the dark or in limited visibility conditions.
CAUTION: Failure to follow the instructions contained in this manual may result in injury to the user or to other persons.
During your initial use of the Easy Travel Elite we recommend caution as you
practice operating the unit in various situations. Keep the speed at a reduced
level until you are comfortable controlling the scooter. Follow the safety tips
and instructions and you will be comfortable maneuvering through doorways,
on and off lifts, over moderate terrain and up and down ramps.
These safety considerations and tips will help you to operate the Easy Travel
safely. The Easy Travel Elite is a powerful electric vehicle; these rules
will help you prevent personal injury and damage to your scooter.
1. Read this manual and all labels before operating.
2. Do not carry passengers or exceed the maximum weight capacity.
3. Do not mount or dismount the Easy Travel unless it has come to a
full stop and is turned off.
4. Do not back up on to uneven inclines or surfaces.
5. Always switch the speed selector to low when driving in a confined space.
6. Always reduce speed when turning.
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7. Do not operate your scooter when under the influence of alcohol, medications or drugs that may impair your safety.
8. Always keep your feet on the foot platform when driving.
9. Do not sit on the scooter while being transported in a moving vehicle. Always fold down and secure your Easy Travel Elite and transfer yourself
to a vehicle seat.
3.1. Easy Travel Elite parts – (Figure 1)
Battery pack (detachable)
Front column (detachable)
Column lock/release triggers
Controller cover
Charging socket (Fig. 1A)
Front drive wheel
Foot platform
Seat shell
Seat cushions
Foldable armrests
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Rear wheel
Folded frame lock/release pin
Unfolded frame lock/release pin
Utility basket (holding capacity
15. Charger and connecting cables
(Fig. 1B)
16. Control Panel
17. Freewheel switch
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3.2. Control Panel – (Figure 2)
1. Switch
2. Hand control lever (right and left)
3. Speed adjusting knob
4. Indicator light (LED)
5. Battery Gauge
6. Hand-grips
3.3. Easy Travel Elite Optional Accessories:
Extra battery pack
BELL: If the user requires an audible warning device, a standard bicycle bell
can be attached to the handlebar.
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4.1. Assembling your Easy Travel Elite.
Unfolding Rear Frame
Pull on the folded frame lock pin ring (Fig.
4/1) to release the foot platform and unfold the frame. Pull the seat backrest
(Fig. 4/2) and lift it to the upright position.
Ensure that the unfolded frame lock pin
secures the platform in the horizontal position.
Unfolding Front Column
Pull the column lock triggers (Fig. 4/3)
upward towards the handle to release the
tilt lock. Move the drive unit away from
the column (all the way) to open the
quick-release housing.
This is the column “detach” position.
Connecting The Front Column To The
Rear Frame
Position the column in the “detach” position. Lift the front of the Foot platform and
insert connection pin into the quickrelease housing on the drive unit. This
may be done without bending down by
lifting the front of the seat “lip” while holding the front column hand-grip as shown
in Fig. 5.
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Front Column Adjustment (Figure 6)
To adjust the angle of the front column,
pull the column lock triggers upward.
Move the column into the desired position
and release. Push lightly back and forth
on the column to ensure that it is locked
in the desired position.
1. For driving the Easy-Travel-Elite,
adjust column to one of the two the
rear-most positions.
2. For
Easy Travel Elite seat comfortably,
the column may be moved away from
the seat to the entry/exit position.
3. For detaching the front column from
the rear frame, adjust the column
fully forward to the detach position
(Fig. 6/3); remove battery before
adjusting the column to the detach
CAUTION: When getting in and out of the Easy Travel Elite seat, step only
on CENTER of foot platform. DO NOT STEP ON SIDE OF FOOT PLATFORM to avoid tipping the Easy Travel Elite.
NOTE: The rear frame, when folded, can be lifted by the handles (Fig 4/4).
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4.2. Folding and Unfolding your Easy Travel Elite
Folding the Easy Travel Elite
Step 1: Fold backrest of seat down and ensure it is locked (Fig. 7/1)
Step 2: Hold handgrip of front column (Fig. 7/2) in the “Operating” or
“Entry/Exit” position and push forward away from seat to fold
platform upwards.
Step 3: Grasp
handle (Fig. 7/3)
and pull column
lock triggers (Fig.
7/4) to fold column
folded frame lock
pin (Fig. 7/5) and
column latch (Fig.
7/6) click into
place and hold Easy Travel Elite in folded position.
Unfolding the Easy Travel Elite
Step 1: Pull on the frame lock pin ring (Fig. 8/1) to release platform and rest
front wheels on floor.
Step 2: Pull
backrest and lift it
upright. (Fig. 8/2)
Step 3: Grasp top of seat
backrest (Fig. 8/3)
and pull column
lock triggers (Fig.
8/4) to release
outwards to unfold
Easy Travel Elite
until platform and column lock into the operating position.
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5. OPERATING YOUR Easy Travel Elite
5.1. Control Panel operation features
The switch located on the right side of the control panel (Fig. 9/1), will turn
the power of the Easy Travel Elite ON or OFF.
NOTE: Turn your Easy Travel Elite switch to the OFF position when not
in use in order to conserve battery power, and prevent unintentional operation.
The top speed may be adjusted by turning the Speed-adjusting knob (fig
9/3). By turning the knob to the HI position, your Easy Travel Elite top
speed will be up to 3.7mph/6kph. When the knob is set to the Lo position,
the speed will be reduced to a slow crawl, ideal for less experienced drivers and for operating indoors.
5.2. Indicator light (Fig. 9/4)
The light, located at the bottom of the handle control cover, displays battery status and fault indications as follows:
Indicator light steady - This indicates that all is well.
Indicator light flashes slowly - The controller is functioning correctly but batteries should be charged as soon as possible. The Battery Gauge (Fig. 9/5) shows the charge that is left.
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Indicator light flashes rapidly - This indicates that there is a fault.
Please follow the following procedure:
1. Switch off the Easy Travel Elite
2. Make sure that the Easy Travel Elite is not in the FREEWHEEL
3. Make sure that the charger is not connected to the Easy Travel Elite.
4. Make sure that the control lever is in the middle position.
CAUTION: If control lever does not return by itself to the middle position – do not operate. Contact your service agent.
5. Switch the Easy Travel Elite on again and try to drive. If the indicator light flashes rapidly again, switch off and do not operate.
Contact your service agent!
5.3. Battery Gauge (Fig. 9/5)
The Battery Gauge (Fig. 9/5) shows the battery charge that is left.
5.4. Driving your Easy Travel Elite
To drive forward, pull the right side of the hand control lever towards you
(Fig. 10/1). You can also move forward by pushing the left side of the
control lever away from you. By releasing the control lever, you will
gradually come to a stop, and the Easy Travel Elite brake will be applied
automatically. To operate in reverse, pull the left side of the hand control
lever towards you (Fig. 10/2).
Blinking - Needs Charging
Blinking - Needs Charging
Figure 10
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5.5. Safety considerations when driving your Easy Travel Elite
Footpaths and sidewalks appear to be level but are usually slightly
sloped for drainage of rainwater. Counter-steering may be necessary
for overcoming excessive slopes. In such cases the speed should be
reduced as necessary.
When approaching ditches, bumps or similar obstacles – reduce
speed as necessary.
Do not operate Easy Travel Elite in places or on surfaces where a
loss of wheel grip could be hazardous, for example on wet grassy
5.6. Armrests
To enable easier entry to and exit from
your Easy Travel Elite the armrest can
be lifted, see Fig. 10A.
5.7. Batteries
Battery information
The Easy Travel Elite is designed to use sealed lead acid, maintenancefree, 12V batteries.
Always turn your Easy Travel Elite OFF before removing and installing
batteries. To get the maximum out of your batteries, it is recommended to
fully charge the batteries overnight after every day of use. Reconnecting
the charger when the batteries are partially discharged or fully
charged will not harm them. Extended charging is good for the batteries
and you cannot overcharge them.
Battery range depends on operator weight, terrain and the condition of
batteries used. Charge your batteries daily and/or overnight when the
Easy Travel Elite is not in use.
Battery Recharging Instructions
To recharge, turn off Easy Travel Elite It is possible to either charge the
battery while connected on the Easy Travel Elite (see instruction 1 below)
or directly (instruction 2).
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1. Plug the charging connector into the Easy Travel Elite charging
socket and then connect the charger to an electrical outlet socket.
2. Plug the charging connector in the back of the battery pack and then
connect the charger to an electrical outlet socket.
During charging, the indicator light on the charger will be orange. When
the battery is approaching full charge the indicator light will turn green. In
order to achieve the maximum battery capacity and efficiency, it is advised to charge them overnight, and at least four hours after the indicator
light has turned to green.
Safety Instructions
CAUTION: Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury or property damage.
1. Never smoke or allow an open flame in the vicinity of the batteries.
2. Use the charger for charging lead acid batteries only. It is not intended to supply power to an extra-low-voltage electrical system or to
charge dry cell batteries.
3. Never charge a frozen battery.
4. Do not operate the charger in a closed-in area or restrict ventilation.
5. Prevent external damage to AC and DC cords. Do not use charger if
cords are damaged.
6. Connect DC charging cord to the Charging Socket before connecting
charger AC supply cord to the electrical outlet, and disconnect the AC
cord from the electrical outlet before disconnecting charge cord.
7. Be extra cautious not to drop a metal object onto the battery case.
8. Remove jewelry.
Battery Storage
Before storage, battery packs should be fully charged, and should
be recharged at least once every three months.
Store batteries indoors in a dry environment.
Storage temperature range: -20ºC (-4ºF) to 40ºC (104ºF)
Charging temperature range: 0ºC (32ºF) to 40ºC (104ºF)
Operating temperature range: -20ºC (-4ºF) to 50ºC (122ºF)
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WARNING: Store batteries in the 'correct' position. (See Fig. 14).
Battery Replacement and Disposal
The Easy Travel Elite battery pack contains two 12V maintenance-free
batteries. Replacement of the batteries is only permitted to an authorized
Battery cells may emit minor acid fumes.
Batteries must be recycled. Disposals of potentially damaged batteries
present hazards of injury from acid leakage and environmental pollution.
NOTE: When removing a battery, always set it on cardboard, newspaper,
or surfaces that cannot be damaged by acid fumes or liquid from the battery.
6.1. Moving Your Easy Travel Elite in Freewheel Mode when unfolded:
The Freewheel switch (Fig. 1/17) is used for releasing the brake and moving the Easy Travel Elite without operating the motor. Before activating,
make sure your Easy Travel Elite is switched on. Turn Freewheel switch to
the "freewheel" position and push or pull the Easy Travel Elite manually.
NOTE: The Freewheel mode can only be activated after the battery is in
place and the power switch (Fig.9/1) is turned on. Doing otherwise will
cause a fault situation indicated by rapid flashing of the Indicator light
(Fig. 9/4). See section 4.2.
WARNING: The Freewheel switch should never be engaged on a slope.
CAUTION: The seat back must remain in the upright position.
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6.2. “Walking” your Easy-Travel-Elite
in the folded position
The folded Easy-Travel-Elite may be
pulled along suitcase style. The battery
should be carried separately (Fig. 11) or
in the utility basket. See folding instructions on page 8.
6.3. Transporting your Easy-Travel-Elite
quickly and easily
Your Easy Travel Elite can be disassembled and transported in most car trunks.
When disassembling for transportation or
Disconnect battery pack and place in
Utility basket (Fig. 12/1)
Disconnect front column (Fig. 12/2) and
fold rear frame separately (Fig. 12/3)
For storage – set down front column
in a stable position.
For transportation, place Easy Travel Elite
components in car trunk as
shown in figure 13.
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Before using your Easy Travel Elite take the following precautions:
‰ Ensure that the front column and rear frame are locked together.
‰ Ensure that the rear frame is locked open.
Speed Controls
Always operate your Easy Travel Elite at a reasonable speed for both your
personal safety and others.
CAUTION: Reduce speed when turning.
Dynamic braking will gradually bring your Easy Travel Elite to a stop when
hand control lever is released.
Ramps and Inclines
Lean forward and carefully manoeuvre your Easy Travel Elite up a ramp or
incline. Be aware that not all ramps are constructed according to Government
standards. The Government standard for wheelchair ramps is 2.5 cm (1 inch)
rise per 30 cm (1 foot).
Lower the speed setting to a slow speed when descending inclines.
Using an elevator
Backing into an elevator allows you to exit forward. Be sure that the elevator
is level with the floor.
Opening Doors
When a door opens towards you, approach at an angle and just off to one
side. Adjust the speed knob to a low setting. Grasp the doorknob, reverse
and pull the door open. For doors that open away from you, position the front
roller against the door, close to the doorjamb on the doorknob side of the
door. After you release the latch, use the roller to push the door open.
WARNING: Be careful with glass doors to avoid personal injury!
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Minimum maintenance should prevent unnecessary repairs.
Keep Your Easy Travel Elite Shining
Wipe the seat clean with a damp cloth. Protect the painted parts with a coat
of auto wax.
WARNING: Water or Excessive moisture around the controller unit or electrical connections may cause contamination of electrical circuitry, damage and
malfunction as well as personal injury. Do not leave your Easy Travel Elite in
the rain or in excessively humid locations.
Daily Checks
With the Easy Travel Elite switched off, check that the hand control lever mechanism returns to the rest position when you push and release. If there is a
problem do not use the Easy Travel Elite and contact your authorized dealer.
Weekly Checks
Throttle test: Pull the throttle to the full speed position and switch ON
the Power switch. The Easy Travel Elite should not move and the LED
on the panel should flash. If the Easy Travel Elite does move – do not
use your Easy Travel Elite. Contact your authorized dealer.
Automatic brake and drive test: This test should be carried out on a
level surface with at least 3’ / 1 m. clear space around the Easy Travel
‰ Switch the Easy Travel Elite on.
‰ Move the control lever only slightly in the forward direction until you hear a
“click” when the brake disengages. The Easy Travel Elite should start to
move forwards slowly.
‰ Immediately release the throttle. You must be able to hear a “click” when
the brake engages back, within a few seconds.
‰ Repeat the test in the reverse direction.
If you do not hear the brake operating, or the Easy Travel Elite does not move
slowly in the expected direction – do not use your Easy Travel Elite. Contact
your authorized dealer.
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Monthly Care
Clean upholstery, plastic and metal parts with a mild surface cleaner.
CAUTION: Keep cleaning solvents away from electrical wires and connectors.
Half-Year Care
1. Apply a lubricant/cleaner (such as WD40 or similar) these locations:
‰ Column tilt lock pin and housing.
‰ Unfolded lock pin and housing.
‰ Battery pack lock pins.
2. Lightly apply Vaseline or similar lubricant to battery contact pins and
springs on front column.
3. Check for tire wear.
Fuse Replacement Instructions
A fuse protects the wiring and battery in the
event of a short circuit. If your Easy Travel
stops abruptly, check the fuse. If it
has 'blown', check for overloads or short
The fuse is located inside the battery case.
To replace the fuse, open screws (Fig. 15/1)
and remove cover (Fig. 15/2). Remove the
fuse (Fig. 15/3) from its socket. If 'blown',
replace with the same style and size
(automotive “blade” type – 20 A). There is a
Figure 15
spare fuse attached to the battery-pack
WARNING: Do not attempt to repair or service the Easy Travel Elite or any
of its components, as this will void your warranty.
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CAUTION: It is important that you read this information regarding the possible effects of electromagnetic interference on your Easy Travel Elite.
Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) From Radio Wave Sources
Motorized scooters may be susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI),
which is interfering electromagnetic energy (EM) emitted from sources such
as radio stations, TV stations, amateur radio (HAM) transmitters, two-way radios, and cellular phones. The interference (from radio wave sources) can
cause scooters to release their brakes, come to a sudden stop, or move in an
uncontrolled manner. It can also permanently damage a scooter’s control system. The intensity of the interfering EM energy can be measured in volts per
motor (V/m). Each Motorized scooter can resist EMI up to a certain intensity.
This is called its “immunity level". The higher the immunity level, the greater
the protection. The FDA has stated that all newly manufactured electric mobility vehicle models should have a resistance of at least 20 V/m, which would
provide a reasonable degree of protection from the more common sources of
radiated EMI.
Your Easy Travel Elite as shipped, with no further modification, has an immunity level of 20 V/m. This immunity was tested with the inclusion of these
accessories: a utility basket with a spare battery-pack and the charger unit
carried inside it.
There are a number of sources of relatively intense electromagnetic
fields in the everyday environment. Some of these sources are obvious
and easy to avoid. Others are not apparent and exposure is unavoidable. However, we believe that by following the warnings listed below,
your risk to EMI will be minimized.
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The sources of radiated EMI can be broadly classified into three types:
1) Hand-held portable transceivers (transmitters-receivers) with the antenna mounted directly on the transmitting unit. Examples include citizens band (CB) radios, "walkie-talkies”, security, fire, and police transceivers, cellular telephones, and other personal communication devices.
**NOTE: Some cellular telephones and similar devices transmit signals
while they are ON, even when not being used;
2) Medium-range mobile transceivers, such as those used in police cars,
fire trucks, ambulances, and taxis.
These usually have the antenna
mounted on the outside of the vehicle; and
3) Long-range transmitters and transceivers, such as commercial broadcast transmitters (radio and TV broadcast antenna towers) and amateur
(HAM) radios.
NOTE: Other types of hand-held devices, such as cordless phones, laptop
computers, AM/FM radios, TV sets, CD players, and cassette players, and
small appliances, such as electric shavers and hair dryers, so far as we know,
are not likely to cause EMI problems to motorized scooters.
Motorized scooter Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
Because EM energy rapidly becomes more intense as one moves closer to
the transmitting antenna (source), the EM fields from hand-held radio wave
sources (transceivers) are of special concern. It is possible to unintentionally
bring high levels of EM energy very close to the motorized scooter’s control
system while using these devices. This can affect the scooter’s movement
and braking. Therefore, the warnings listed below are recommended to prevent possible interference with the control system of your Easy Travel Elite.
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Electromagnetic interference (EMI) from sources such as radio and TV stations, amateur radio (HAM) transmitters, two-way radios, and cellular phones
can affect motorized scooters. Following the warnings listed below should reduce the chance of unintended brake release or powered wheelchair movement, which could result in serious injury.
1) Do not operate hand-held transceivers (transmitters-receivers), such as
citizens band (CB) radios, or turn ON personal communication devices,
such as cellular phones, while your Easy Travel Elite is turned ON;
2) Be aware of nearby transmitters, such as radio or TV stations, and try to
avoid coming close to them;
3) If unintended movement or brake release occurs, turn your Active Light
power switch OFF as soon as it is safe to do so;
4) Be aware that adding accessories or components, or modifying your
Easy Travel Elite, may make it more susceptible to EMI (Note: There is
no easy way to evaluate their effect on the overall immunity of your
Easy Travel Elite;
5) Report all incidents of unintended movement or brake release to your Authorized Easy Travel Elite dealer or service center, and note whether
there is a source of EMI nearby.
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Hereunder are some types of disorders, which can usually be repaired rather simply. If these following measures are unsuccessful, contact your authorized dealer!
Check Point
The driving of the wheelchair is
too slow or insufficient, the status
indicator lamp flashes slowly
Batteries are exhausted and need to be
does not function,
Battery/Status indicator
flashes rapidly.
Count the number
of flashes:
1 flash
The battery needs charging or there is a
bad connection to the battery. Check the
connections to the battery or charge batteries.
2 flashes
There is a bad connection to the motor.
Check all connections between the motor and the controller.
3 flashes
The motor has a short circuit to a battery
4 flashes
Freewheel is engaged.
5 flashes
Not used.
6 flashes
The controller is being inhibited from
driving; this may be because the battery
charger is connected.
7 flashes
A throttle fault is indicated. Make sure
that the throttle is in the rest position before switching on the scooter
8 flashes
A controller fault is indicated. Make sure
the controller connections are secure.
9 flashes
The parking brakes have a bad
connection. Check the parking brake
and motor connections. Make sure the
controller connections are secure.
An excessive voltage has been applied
to the controller. This is usually caused
10 flashes by a poor battery connection. Check the
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‰ The packing material must be separated to plastic and paper/cardboard
components and submitted to authorized recycling locations.
‰ The Easy Travel Elite device consists of electronic components, cables,
plastic parts, steel and aluminium frame and adapter parts. Do not discard of any components to normal garbage facilities. When Easy Travel
is no longer operational, it is to be dismantled and separated into
above material groups and submitted to authorized recycling facilities.
Continuously adjustable, up to 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
Power Supply
24 V from two rechargeable maintenance-free
sealed lead/acid batteries
Standard size: 12V – 7.2 Ah
Jumbo size: 12V-12 Ah
7 – 10 hours
6 o (10 %)
5 cm / 2”
Charging time
Max. admissible slope
Max. negotiable curb
Range approx.*
Rear frame
Front column (without
Battery Pack
Total weight
Maximum users weight
Standard battery 6.5 - 8 km / 4 - 5 Miles
Jumbo battery 11 – 13 km / 6.5 – 8 Miles
Flat-free PU 200 x 50
57 X 104 X 86 cm / 22”X41”X34”
12 Kg / 26 Lb
10.0 Kg / 22.0 Lb
Standard: 5.0 Kg / 11 Lb.
Jumbo: 8 Kg. / 17 Lb.
27 Kg / 59 Lb.
115 Kg. / 250 lb.
*The actual range depends on the operation conditions and the load
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The warranty period for the Easy Travel Elite is twelve months and covers
faulty materials and workmanship (consumables not covered: tires, upholstery, lamp bulbs, plastic coverings and batteries). Worn parts damaged as a
result of excessive loading, improper handling, intentional damage or unauthorized maintenance or modification are not covered by the warranty.
For safety and for warranty assurance reasons, any modifications and repair
of the Easy Travel Elite or its components must be performed exclusively by
authorized personnel and exclusively with original spare parts.
Distributed by:
32 E 10 Mile Rd.
Hazel Park Mi. 48030
Toll free: (866) 868-9694
Fax: (877) 772-9197
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