Operation Manual
For
Sodir
Panini XL
765 Westminster Street  Providence, Rhode Island 02903  U.S.A.
Tel: (401) 273-3300
Fax: (401) 273-3328
www.equipex.com
e-mail: service@equipex.com
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should always be followed,
including the following:
1. Read all the instructions before use.
2. Do not touch hot surfaces; use handles or knobs.
3. To avoid electric shock, do not immerse the power cord, or any part of the unit, in
any liquid.
4. Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used, especially around children.
5. Unplug appliance from the electrical outlet when not in use, and before cleaning. Allow
appliance to cool before installing or removing any parts or accessories, and before
cleaning.
6. Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug, or if appliance should sustain
damage, or malfunction in any way. In this event, return appliance to the nearest
authorized service facility for examination, repair or adjustment.
7. The use of accessories and/or attachments not recommended by the appliance
manufacturer may cause injury or damage to the appliance, and may void your warranty.
8. Do not use outdoors.
9. Do not allow the power cord to hang over the edge of a table or counter, or to be
exposed to hot surfaces, as damage may occur.
10. Do not place appliance on or near a burner, or in a heated oven.
11. To disconnect an appliance, first turn all controls to the ‘off’ position then unplug the
power cord from the wall outlet.
12. Do not use appliance other than for its intended use.
13. SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LATER USE!
INTRODUCTION
The SODIR Panini Grills — Models PANINI XL and PANINI XLE — are uniquely designed to
offer quality cooking. These units are constructed of food service quality stainless steel,
and use fine grain cast iron top and bottom cooking surfaces. The grills are versatile
in application and easy to operate. The moveable top is spring counter-balanced. Top
and bottom heating elements are thermostatically controlled up to 570 F. The units
come equipped with a removable front drip tray and a handy scraper. All models are
available with grooved, flat or mixed grill plates. Model PANINI XLE is equipped with the
programmable electronic countdown timer with three independent time settings.
SPECIFICATIONS:
Model
Electrical
Plug Configuration
PANINI XL
208/240V, 1PH,
3.6KW, 13/15 Amps
PANINI XLE
208/240V, 1PH,
3.6KW, 13/15 Amps
NEMA-6-20P
PANINI XL/XLE
120V, 1.75KW 15 Amps
NEMA-5-15P
NE MA-6-20P
OPERATION
INITIAL SET-UP
The PANINI XL/XLE requires the installation of four (4) legs, two (2) utensil shelves and
the front drip tray.
Take the unit out of the box. Position it carefully on its top on a flat, nonabrasive work
surface. Remove four (4) legs and two (2) utensil shelves from the packaging. Align
bigger cutouts in one of the utensil shelves with the threaded mounting holes for the legs
located along one of the sides of the grill. Attach two legs to the body of the unit, thus
securing the utensil shelf. Make sure that the legs are attached tightly against the body.
Repeat the procedure with the second utensil shelf. Put the grill in its working position. DO
NOT use legs as the lever when turning the unit. Insert the drip tray into the aperture at the
front of the grill.
The grill is shipped with an application of protective oil on the upper and lower grill
plates. This oil will need to be removed prior to the seasoning process using a mild
soap and water solution.
Before operating your SODIR Panini grill, we recommend that you season the surface
of the grill plates with cooking oil or shortening. For seasoning, wipe cooking oil or
shortening onto the upper and lower grill plates using a clean, lint-free cloth, or coat the
plates with cooking oil spray. Turn the grill on with the ON/OFF switch(s) and set the
thermostat(s) to 400 o F. When the grill reaches the set temperature, the red indicator
light will go out. Allow the grill to season for 10-15 minutes and then let the grill cool. It
is normal for some smoke to appear during this process. Wipe off the excess oil using
a clean, lint-free cloth. Repeat seasoning process at least one more time.
Congratulations, your grill is now ready f or use!
PREHEATING
After the grill plates have been properly seasoned, turn the grill on using the mode selector switch (the
green light will go on). The following cooking modes can be chosen by turning the selector switch
clockwise from the "Off' position:

Top & Bottom Heat On

Bottom Heat On

Top & Bottom Heat On
Turn the temperature control (thermostat) knob to the desired temperature. The red
light will go on and stay on until the desired temperature is reached. The red light will
then go out. The preheat time will vary depending on the cooking temperature setting ,
and if only bottom heat is used rather than both top and bottom . It will normally take
10-15 minutes for the Panini Grill to reach cooking temperature. After reaching the set
temperature, the red light will cycle on and off as the thermostat cycles, to maintain
temperature. The green light remains on until the unit is shut off with the mode switch.
COOKING
Select the cooking mode by turning the mode selector switch to the desired position.
Turn the thermostat knob to select the desired temperature. Once the red indicator
light on the control panel is out, the grill is ready to use.
For Model PANINI XLE (with the programmable electronic timer), please follow the electronic
timer operation instructions.
For Model PANINI XL equipped with the optional mechanical 5-minute timer, select the desired set
point by turning the timer knob clockwise. Note that when the set time has elapsed, the timer will
emit an audible signal, but will not turn the grill off.
SODIR Model PANINI XL grills can be used for a wide variety of foods. Following are
some suggested guidelines for foods frequently cooked on this grill. Cooking times will
vary depending on the food products, temperature settings and desired results.
Sandwich
Temperature:
Time:
2 — 3 minutes
Wrap
Temperature:
375 — 450 F
Time:
1 — 2 minutes
Temperature:
475 — 500 F
Time:
2 — 3 minutes
Chicken Breast
Beef Steak
Burger
400 — 450 F
Temperature:
475 — 550 F
Time:
2.5 - 4.5 minutes
Temperature:
500 — 550 F
Time:
2 — 4 minutes
ADJUSTING HANDLE TENSION
WARNING: Disconnect (unplug) electrical power supply before servicing
Allow the grill to cool. Remove the spring protection cover at the top rear of the unit by
pulling it up. If this is difficult, you may need to pry it off carefully, with a flat blade
screwdriver. With a flat head screwdriver, tighten or loosen the screws on the handle
straps until the desired tension is achieved. There are four (4) screws for each top
plate, two (2) on each side. Re-install the spring protection cover prior to use. See
attached drawing.
CLEANING
Allow the grill to cool before cleaning. Using the scraper provided or a stiff wire
brush, scrape the debris from the upper and then lower grill plates. To clean the grill,
scrape or brush the debris toward yourself and into the removable drip tray. Use a
cloth dampened slightly with a soap and water mixture to cl ean the stainless steel
housing, upper grill covers, spring protection cover and the drip tray. Clean the
grill thoroughly at the end of each day. Failure to do so may cause hard to remove
build up. In order to remove the build up from the grill plates, use industry standard
food service grade degreasers or grease removers. We do not recommend using
soap and water to clean the grill plates, however, if soap and water are used, the grill
will need to be re-seasoned (see below). For tough to remove carbon buildup, use a
commercially available carbon remover.
DO NOT spray the unit with any cleaning liquid before unplugging it
DO NOT allow water to drip into the housing or around the electrical components
DO NOT immerse in water for cleaning
WARNING: Disconnect (unplug) electrical power supply before cleaning
RESEASONING
It may be necessary to re-season the grill after extended use and cleaning. In order
to do so, clean both plates of the grill with a clean, lint -free cloth and scraper. Apply
cooking oil or shortening onto both plates with a lint -free cloth or coat the plates
with a cooking oil spray. Wipe off excess oil with a dry, clean cloth. Turn the grill on
and set the thermostat to 400 F. Some smoking may occur during the re-seasoning
process. When the grill reaches the desired temperature (the red light will go out),
turn the grill off and allow it to cool. W ipe off the excess oil from the surface of the
plates. Repeat the re-seasoning process one more time. The grill is now re-seasoned
and ready to use.
You should inspect all parts on a regular basis to ensure that all is in proper working order. If a
part is damaged, have the unit repaired by an authorized service agency prior to returning the
unit to operation. If you have trouble locating a service agency in your area, please consult our
website at http://www.equipex.com/, or call us at 1-800-649-7885 and ask for customer service.
OPERATION MANUAL FOR ELECTRONIC TIMER
MODEL ET-3
Model ET-3 Electronic Countdown Timer is designed to allow the operator to program up to three
(3) time settings, each in the control range from 1 second to 99 minutes 59 seconds at 1-second
increments. The electronic timer is panel mounted and features a 4-digit LED display, Start/Stop
button and three time setting buttons. All connections are via the back of the unit by way of
quick connecting terminals.
SETTING TIME
Turn the equipment "on" using the On/Off switch located on the control panel of the unit. The
electronic timer is now operational. Choose the setting button to program. The setting buttons
are marked (left to right) with the numerals 1, 2 and 3. Press and hold the chosen setting
button for at least three (3) seconds until the colon separating minutes and seconds on the LED
display starts to blink. By pressing repeatedly the setting button marked with the numeral 2, set
the desired cook time in minutes. By pressing repeatedly the setting button marked with the
numeral 3, set the desired cook time in seconds. You may press and hold either the minute
setting button or the second setting button, to advance the minutes or seconds rapidly. Once
the desired set point is reached, press the setting button, marked with the numeral 1, once or
wait until the colon on the LED display stops blinking. The operating time is set. Note that you
may change the time setting only while the colon on the display is blinking. Repeat the same
procedure to program other time settings. The set points will be remembered until they are
reprogrammed.
OPERATING COUNTDOWN TIMER
Turn the equipment "on" using the On/Off switch located on the control panel of the unit. It takes
just a few seconds for the timer to be operational. Choose the desired time setting by pressing
once, one of the buttons marked (left to right) with the numeral 1, 2 or 3. For countdown, press
the Start/Stop button. When the set time has elapsed, the beeper will sound repeatedly, until the
Start/Stop button is pressed.
EQUIPEX, LLC.
765 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
Tel: (401) 273-3300 Fax: (401) 273-3328 Toll free: 1-800-649-7885
SODIR Model PANINI XL and PANINI XLE, Panini Grill, 208/240V
LIST OF SERVICE PARTS
Drawing #
Part Number
Quantity
Description
1
2
3
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
XL only
XLE
A15008
D02101
B02042
B02045
37312
37202
D02102
37206
C05016
A16013
A06032
37200
A14078
A08008
A08009
A01001
37205
A06034
A13005
OEM 101
OEM 001
C04007
B02043
B02044
C04005
B04027
F01028
37207
H02050
37203
37208
OEM003
ET-3
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
4
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
Top Plate Knob
Top Heating Element, 220V
Top Grooved Cast Iron Plate
Top Smooth Cast Iron Plate
Top Plate Guide
Double Spring Cover
Bottom Heating Element
Bottom Element Pressure Plate
Ground Wire
Terminal Block, 3 position
Regulating Thermostat
Drip Tray
Knob
Red Pilot Light, 220V
Green Pilot Light, 220V
Mode Selector Switch
Bottom Cover
High Limit Thermostat
4" Leg
Strain Relief
Power Cord, 220V
Insulation (layer)
Bottom Grooved Cast Iron Plate
Bottom Smooth Cast Iron Plate
Spring Girdle
Handle Spring Strap
Handle Assembly
Top Element Pressure Plate
Bottom Insulation (layer)
Top Cover
Heat Shield
Timer, 5 minute (optional)
Electronic Timer, 3 settings
Model PANINI XL Panini Grill
208/240V, 1Ph, 60Hz, 3.6KW, 13/15A
LIMITED WARRANTY
Your new EQUIPEX product is warranted to the original purchaser for a period of one year from the date of
purchase.
This limited warranty is against defects from original factory imperfections in material and/or workmanship and
includes labor for replacement of defective parts, provided repairs are performed by an authorized service agency. Our
obligation under this warranty is limited to repairing or replacing any part or parts thereof. The CUSTOMER must
inform the Service Agency of warranty coverage and provide a copy of the dated sales or delivery receipt BEFORE
WARRANTY REPAIRS BEGIN. Replacement parts and accessories are warranted for ninety (90) days from the date of
purchase when purchased separately and will be verified by dated sales receipt or packing slip for that item. All parts or
accessories replaced under warranty must be returned to the Service Agency.
This warranty applies only to equipment under normal use and service in the U.S.A. and Canada. It does not apply to
any item which has been repaired or altered in any way so as, in the judgment of EQUIPEX, to affect its reliability.
THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY:
1. Damage caused by abuse, misuse or dropping or other similar incidental damage caused by, or as a result of,
customer failure to follow assembly, operation, cleaning, user maintenance or storage instructions.
2. Labor to replace inoperative parts such as bulbs, plugs or racks due to normal wear and tear or abuse.
3. Materials or labor to repair scratched, stained, chipped, pitted, dented or discolored surfaces, attachments or
accessories.
4. Transportation charges to or from a service agency for repair of your machine. If you should have questions
relating to this issue, please call Equipex at 1-800-649-7885.
5. Labor charges to install or test attachments or accessories, which are replaced for any reason.
6. SHIPPING DAMAGES. Visible and hidden damages are the responsibility of the freight carrier. The
consignee must file the claim promptly against the carrier. KEEP ALL ORIGINAL CONTAINERS AND
PACKAGING MATERIAL FOR CARRIER INSPECTION.
7.
Products placed or stored in the equipment are not subject to this warranty and no responsibility is assumed
thereof.
THIS WARRANTY IS GIVEN EXPRESSLY AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED,
FOR MERCHANTABILITY AND FOR FITNESS TOWARD A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND CONSTITUTES THE ONLY
WARRANTY MADE BY EQUIPEX, LLC. IT NEITHER ASSUMES, NOR AUTHORIZES ANY PERSON TO ASSUME FOR US, ANY
OTHER LIABILI TY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF THE SUBJECT EQUIPMENT.
For service, please call EQUIPEX at 1-800-649-7885, menu option # 3
765 Westminster Street  Providence, Rhode Island 02903  U.S.A.
Tel:
(401) 273-3300
www.equipex.com
Fax: (401) 273-3328
e-mail: service@equipex.com