sidewinder by aztec, stripping and waxing machines

The Sidewinder

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 36 customer ratings
(38 customer reviews)

Propane Floor Stripping Solutions
The Aztec Sidewinder™ was designed for deep scrubbing and/or fast stripping of hard surface floors in preparation for top coat or restoring of tile, terrazzo or close-fitted tile.

The Sidewinder is part of the Aztec WorkSmartTM cordless stripping system.

SIDEWINDER FEATURES:

• Models available in 24″(61 cm) and 30″(76 cm)
• Rugged, all steel construction
• Planetary brush drive eliminates strip shadows and side torque
• Unique floating head design allows brushes to address irregular surfaces
• Brush RPM speed combined with up to 288 lbs. (130 kg)
of head pressure delivers fast, deep stripping or scrubbing
• Standard centrifugal clutch substantially increases belt life
• Strips 7-10 layers of finish in just one pass
• Transport wheel for easy loading and maneuvering
• Additional 8 gallon (30.3L) water tank available upon request
• Green Cleaning certifications: EPA, CARB, LEED,CE, GS-42

PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA

Fast — The Sidewinder™ strips 15,000 (or scrubs 30,000) square feet per hour with a 30″ path and brush speed up to 1,150 RPM. 1.5 times faster than the nearest competitor. Three times faster than battery powered. Available in 24″ (61 cm) and 30″ (76 cm).

Aggressive — Unique dual direction scouring action plus heavy brush pressure result in high productivity, with no side torque.

The Sidewinder is part of the Aztec WorkSmartTM cordless stripping system.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

• Available in 24″(61 cm) and 30″(76 cm) models
• Rugged, all steel body construction
• Planetary brush drive eliminates strip shadows and side torque
• Unique floating head design allows brushes to address irregular surfaces
• Brush RPM speed combined with up to 288 lbs. (130 kg) of head pressure delivers fast, deep stripping or scrubbing
• Standard centrifugal clutch substantially increases belt life
• Strips 7-10 layers of finish in just one pass
• Transport wheel for easy loading and maneuvering
• Additional 8 gallon (30.3L) water tank available upon request

Green Cleaning certifications: EPS, CARB, LEED,CE, GS-42

PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA

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24 SW Blue

24″ Sidewinder (61 cm)

Sidewinder 30

30″ Sidewinder (76 cm)

Download our machine manual:

Ultravac equipment Manual pdf

Download our brochure:

the sidewinder brochure

 

Additional information

Models

24″ Propane Stripper 30″ Propane Stripper 8-Gallon Tank for 24″ or 30″ unit

Standard Features

241 lbs (109 kg) to 288 lbs (130 kg) of head pressure scrubs aggressively; 1 year limited manufacturer’s warranty UL and CGA approved, Meets CARB and EPA emissions standards

Applications

Fast Stripping Deep Scrubbing

38 reviews for The Sidewinder

  1. Frank Munoz - Kern Commercial Cleaning

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    “At the trade show I met a group of guys that were too positive to be true. I stood in the background watching your video and listening to your presentations to others, thinking, “HHMMPPPHH YEAH, RIGHT! 15,000 SQUARE FEET AN HOUR? GIVE ME A BREAK!” Well, you know the rest of the story. (Did I really outright call you a liar?) I imagine that it’s expected that salesmen will overrate their product. But you didn’t. As outrageous as it sounded, what you said was true! Your equipment did exactly what you said it would do! I don’t know how to thank you for your patience with me. You were always there when I needed you.”

    Kern Commercial Cleaning, Frank Munoz, Owner

  2. Mark Minasian - Bergensons Property Services, Inc.

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    “I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for the outstanding service that we have received from Aztec. I was frankly more than a little suspect when I heard what sounded like wild claims of labor reduction with your stripping system, but promises made have been promises kept. Chris has been diligent, dependable, straightforward, and is a credit to himself, your organization and the industry.”

    Bergensons Property Services, Inc. Mark Minasian

  3. Albert W. Schroeder, Jr. - Creative Cleaning Services, Inc.
    5 out of 5

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    “My company has been using 30″ Sidewinders since I started in 1998. We built this business on stripping with the Aztec System. The quality of the outcome is second to none. Time is a factor to us because we are required to go into a supermarket at 9pm and be finished by 5am. With the Sidewinder we do this with ease. The product and quality of job turnouts is what makes us different from all the rest. (An old saying is you get what you pay for). The Aztec Sidewinder System is worth every penny and I would not do a job without one.”

    Creative Cleaning Services, Inc.
    Albert W. Schroeder, Jr.
    President / Owner

  4. Todd Dunham - Extreme Shine
    5 out of 5

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    “My name is Todd Dunham and I own the floor care business of Extreme Shine LLC from Uniontown, PA. I have a 30” Sidewinder that is roughly 10 years old and I would swear by this machine for another 10 years. It has been an amazing machine. It has the weight and power to completely scrub up all loose wax as well as scrub the dirty tile. The only thing that I have needed to replace on this machine is a belt on occasion, which isn’t difficult to do, and brushes but that takes a few years for those to completely deplete. It moves along at a nice pace and covers a lot of floor while it scrubs. This machine is very durable and can take a lot of abuse which it has received in the last ten years. Before I owned my own business, I helped another floor care company from my area and he swears by this machine too! The new Sidewinders have a centrifugal clutch which can eliminate a lot of the belt wear and stretching that the older models had. I plan to purchase a new Sidewinder in the near future. I give the Aztec Sidewinder 5 out of 5 stars for sure! If you want to call me about any questions with mine, I would be happy to give you advice!”
    Todd Dunham, Extreme Shine LLC

  5. Mark, Owner - Superior Floor Care & Cleaning
    5 out of 5

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    We purchased the 24″ sidewinder just over a year ago and have found this machine to be reliable and of excellent quality. This machine has been very low maintenance, easy to care for and extremely dependable. Other strip machines on the market do not compare to the quality of this machine. Each and every strip we performed with the Aztec 24″ sidewinder has received great reviews. As our company expands we intend on purchasing an additional sidewinder.

  6. Monod Jean Baptist
    5 out of 5

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    Hi Stephanie,
    I just wanted to thank you for introducing us to the Sidewinder. We have had the machine for 3 years now and it has really increased our productivity. The Sidewinder is the fastest most reliable machine we have tried so far. We have used the machine in retail locations and industrial compounds. This machine has really helped us become an industry favorite in our area. I highly recommend the machine.
    Thank you,

    Monod
    Competitive Janitorial Services

  7. Kevin Gilliam
    5 out of 5

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    My name is Kevin Gilliam, owner of Shur Shine Janitorial. I have been in business for 23 years and have tried numerous stripping machines but none compare to the Aztec Sidewinder. It strips faster than the other machines and saves in my labor costs. It is by far the best stripping machine I’ve used.

    Kevin Gilliam, Owner
    Shur Shine Janitorial
    Farmington, MO

  8. Kevin Gilliam
    5 out of 5

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    My name is Kevin Gilliam, Owner of Shur Shine Janitorial. I have been in business for 23 years and couldn’t imagine going on a job without the Aztec Edgewinder. It saves literally HOURS of scraping and reaches “hard to get to” places. It has saved me so many hours of labor costs.

    Kevin Gilliam, Owner
    Shur Shine Janitorial
    Farmington, MO

  9. Allen Jones - Commercial Janitorial Services
    5 out of 5

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    “I have been using [the Sidewinder] for about a year and a half and it has saved us a tremendous amount of time, labor, pads stripper and headaches. I have been able to cut labor by 30%. Since then I have also purchased the Edgewinder as well as the Liquidator. This is the perfect combination for top scrubbing or stripping. Then to top it all off we put on a great shine ending with the Aztec 27″ floor buffer. I have been very pleased with my Aztec equipment.”
    Allen Jones, Commercial Janitorial Services

  10. Earnest G Hargust Jr.
    5 out of 5

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    Aztec’s products are the best! They are very reliable, consistent, and they have the best machines in the industry!
    I have owned my Sidewinder for three years and I would highly recommend this machine to anyone looking to get into floor cleaning and stripping. It has saved me thousands of dollars and cut my labor in half.

  11. Tom Flamm - Maintenance Masters, Inc.
    5 out of 5

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    “I’ve been in the cleaning and maintenance business for 26 years now and have used many different floor-scrubbing machines and none compares to the 30″ Sidewinder. We use the Sidewinder for concrete cleaning, as our industrial floor care work has expanded over the last five years. We just completed a concrete job that was 160,000 sq. ft. and we used three Sidewinders working all together. It was really a sight to see. Along with finishing the job on time we stayed on target for profit.”
    Maintenance Masters, Inc., Tom Flamm, Owner

  12. Chuck Buckner - Southwest Floors, Inc.
    5 out of 5

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    “I must say that the Sidewinder System has cut my labor in half, at worst, and by seventy-five percent at best. The thing that surprised me most about the Sidewinder was its cleaning power. The path of the machine is 30 inches and between inch one and inch thirty, there isn’t a spot the brushes don’t aggressively attack. I guess my only regret is that I waited eight years too long to but the System.”
    Southwest Floors, Inc., Chuck Buckner

  13. Russell D. Trash - TFM Services
    5 out of 5

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    “The labor savings that I have experienced using your Sidewinder has been fantastic for my company. We re-finish an average of 3-4 million square feet of tile annually and having your Sidewinder is like having another employee that never misses work.”
    TFM Services, Russell D. Trash, President

  14. Bryan Banks - Best Commercial Cleaning
    5 out of 5

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    “A few months ago I purchased a Sidewinder, Liquidator, and Guzzler. I have used the equipment several times and am very impressed. The Sidewinder System has saved me a lot of time, which in turn has cut my labor costs, increasing my profits. With the three-piece System I am able to do in one night what used to take me two nights.”
    Best Commercial Cleaning, Bryan Banks, Owner

  15. Eric Ellington - Custom Cleaning Solutions
    5 out of 5

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    “We purchased the complete Sidewinder System and it has made a tremendous difference in our business. The System has saved us manpower, time and money. Not only has it been a savings, it has also given us the confidence to bid jobs that previously we could not handle in the time frame necessary. I did not know up front that we would also save in chemical cost. The Liquidator has made a big difference in the amount of stripper required to do a job.”
    Custom Cleaning Solutions
    Eric Ellington

  16. Al Brewton - BD&S Services
    5 out of 5

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    “The Sidewinder is truly a versatile piece of equipment. We recently used it on an industrial concrete floor to scrub fork-truck tire rubber off the concrete. We have also been very pleased with results from the Edgewinder as well. It makes cleaning under gondolas much easier. ”
    BD&S Services, Al Brewton, President

  17. Tim Woods - Caldwell County Schools
    5 out of 5

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    “We purchased the Sidewinder Stripping System, which consisted of the 30″ Sidewinder, the Guzzler and the Liquidator from your company to use in our school system. I had heard how productive the system was. There was a lot of doubt by the custodians that this system was capable of stripping 30,000 square feet per hour as advertised by Aztec. Of course our custodians were used to the other method using a 20″ 375 RPM corded stripping machine and spreading the stripper by mop and bucket, not to mention fighting electrical cords on the stripping machine as well as the wet vacuum.
    Well the first school the Sidewinder System was to tackle was a 120,000 sqft facility consisting of around 65,000 sqft of VCT. Keep in mind that this was the first time our crew had used this type of equipment. All of the tile in this facility was stripped and ready to wax in eight hours, and this includes moving lots of furniture as they went through this facility. I was amazed myself at the quality and speed of the System.”
    Caldwell County Schools
    Tim Woods
    Custodial/Safety Coordinator

  18. Harry A. Teabout III - University of Maryland
    5 out of 5

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    “I have seen your equipment at trade shows over the years, which included the Sidewinder, Liquidator, ProScrub, Guzzler, and Grand Finale. I was very impressed with the Sidewinder propane machine. The EM2 emissions monitor and warning device was very impressive due to the fact that many propane machines give off high emissions. The monitor works well with this machine to the point that you couldn’t tell that you were using a propane machine indoors. Plus, the machine did an excellent job on the floors. Your System is well thought out for a fast and economical way to strip and scrub floors. It is clear that the Aztec Sidewinder System is going to save us a lot of time and money, because we can get more work done with fewer people and our floors have never looked better.”

    University of Maryland
    Harry A. Teabout III
    Director Building and Landscape Services

  19. Rubin Thomas - Clean Quest Enterprises Inc.
    5 out of 5

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    “Thank you for encouraging me to purchase my 24” Sidewinder. I had owned another brand of propane stripping machine when I purchased an Edgewinder from you about a year and a half ago. I found after using the Edgewinder that I was having to make as many as four passes over the center of the aisle with my other propane machine just to get “close” to how clean the Edgewinder was getting my edges.
    So I purchased the Sidewinder. My employees love it because it is easy to use. I love it because it puts money in my pocket. I use less men on any given job site, and my results are, in my opinion, perfect.
    I have one employee, an older gentleman who is semi-retired, and works with us on strip jobs almost exclusively. His response to the Sidewinder, Edgewinder and Liquidator, is that in the thirty years that he has been doing floors, he has never seen a better System.
    I wanted to let you know that in addition to making large square footage jobs easier and more profitable, we have found that this System is highly effective for small square footage as well, even convenience stores, hair salons, and the like. This System give you an incredible advantage in both speed and quality.”
    Clean Quest Enterprises Inc.
    Rubin Thomas, President

  20. Sandra L. Lucas - Lucas Janitorial L.L.C.
    5 out of 5

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    “Just a note to let you know how satisfied we are with our 24″ Aztec Sidewinder. It does a great job and has cut our strip time as well as our costs down considerably since we purchased it seven years ago. It is easy to operate and we find that new crew members learn to use it quickly. This machine works as good today as it did when we first purchased it and it has never once let us down.”
    Lucas Janitorial L.L.C.
    Sandra L. Lucas, President

  21. Jerome Johnston - J.J. Janitorial Service
    5 out of 5

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    “I have earned thousands of dollars stripping floors with my Sidewinder. This machine is a must for Janitorial Contractors. Every contractor in the floor care business should have one. Your cost will be reduced as much as 60% compared to conventional floor scrubbers. The Sidewinder is affordable, it’s a time saver, and repair costs are very low.”
    J.J. Janitorial Service
    Jerome Johnston

  22. Ron Duld - Faulkner Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Subaru
    5 out of 5

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    “Since we started using your machine, we have cut our scrubbing time in half. The concrete garage floor has never looked better. The Sidewinder scrubs so efficiently and the pad pressure is so good, that we also cut our cleaning chemical consumption by over 20%.”
    Faulkner Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Subaru, Ron Duld, Service Director

  23. Willie Najar - Pro-Jan Services
    5 out of 5

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    “In April of 1984 I had the pleasure of stripping a KMART with one of the first three Sidewinders ever produced. Before my first lease payment was due I had already stripped over $4,000. worth of floors. My automatic scrubber and swing buffers went into early retirement. In late 1986 we replaced ICM Services “in house” strip crew, stripping up to 150 stores a year. Everyone who saw our Sidewinders wanted one. I also purchased Sidewinder #4. It has had the brush drive rebuilt once and the motor replaced once. It still digs harder and runs as smooth as a new Sidewinder.”
    Pro-Jan Services
    Willie Najar, Owner

  24. Mike Jones - A.S.A.P. Cleaning Service
    5 out of 5

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    “We at A.S.A.P. Cleaning would like to thank Aztec for the products provided. I have purchased several buffers, Sidewinders, and Guzzlers. Two of my personal favorites are the Sidewinder, which is extremely excellent for stripping floors, and the Edgewinder, which is great for cleaning underneath low shelves. I have found these machines greatly cut labor costs and save time and money. The customer service at Aztec is just as good as the products.”
    A.S.A.P. Cleaning Service
    Mike Jones

  25. K.J. Turner - Turner Professional
    5 out of 5

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    “From the Sidewinder to the Guzzler to the Liquidator, Aztec’s products have proven to be reliable, well engineered performance machines. The equipment has given us everything we expected and more. Very rarely do products or service promises live up to their hype or promotion, but in the case of Aztec’s products and service you have not only lived up to our expectations, you have exceeded them.”
    Turner Professional
    K.J. Turner, President

  26. Heyward Brown - Eastco Building Services, Inc.
    5 out of 5

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    “When I was first contacted by your company regarding your stripping system, which
    included the Sidewinder, Liquidator and Guzzler, I thought to myself that this was just another glorified scrubbing machine, which we presently own quite a few. After much thought I decided to purchase one of your systems and try it out for ourselves. I basically could not believe the way this system worked for us. We saved a tremendous amount of money by using this system.”
    Eastco Building Services, Inc.
    Heyward Brown

  27. Eddie Smith - Delta Janitorial Cleaning Service
    5 out of 5

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    “The Sidewinder is the best machine that you can use for stripping old floor finish. I saved over 36 hours labor in doing four 12,000 sqft grocery stores. Instead of going home at 5:00 AM my three man crew was able to go home at 2:00 AM. We were able to strip the floor & put down 3 coats of floor finish, completing the entire job in 6 hours.”
    Delta Janitorial Cleaning Service
    Eddie Smith, Owner

  28. Chris Alexander - Alexander Cleaning Service
    5 out of 5

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    “Since I purchased the Sidewinder System I have taken on jobs that I would not have even considered doing without the Aztec system. It has made it possible for me to take on larger jobs with less help and still finish twice as fast as with my old equipment. This is good because my company now has less labor expense and more profit. Not only is the Sidewinder, Liquidator and Guzzler excellent for stripping, but I have never used any kind of edging machine as aggressive as the Edgewinder. And the [Grand Finale] makes putting down finish on large jobs a breeze.”
    Alexander Cleaning Service
    Chris Alexander, Owner

  29. Allen Jones - Commercial Janitorial Services
    5 out of 5

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    “I have been using [the Sidewinder] for about a year and a half and it has saved us a tremendous amount of time, labor, pads stripper and headaches. I have been able to cut labor by 30%. Since then I have also purchased the Edgewinder as well as the Liquidator. This is the perfect combination for top scrubbing or or stripping. Then to top it all off we put on a great shine ending with the Aztec 27″ floor buffer. I have been very pleased with my Aztec equipment.”
    Allen Jones
    Commercial Janitorial Services
    Marion, IL

  30. Jon Vatcher
    5 out of 5

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    What a great machine! This is our third Sidewinder purchase and I am sure that it will not be our last. Machine is so very efficient and easy to use. We are able to schedule more jobs and provide an excellent finished product with this machine. And we must mention the excellent customer service that Aztec provides. Knowledgeable sales people, courteous and helpful service. Win / Win !

  31. Darren Phifer - Phifers Cleaning Services
    5 out of 5

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    I have been using the Sidewinder for 20 years and have 5 of them. I have tried other stripping machines and the Sidewinder out does them all. I like how the brushes rotate and aggressively eats the old wax off the floor, I also like how easy the Sidewinder is to change the belts when needed. I recommend the Sidewinder over any other stripping machine.
    – Darren Phifer

  32. Willie J. Robinson
    5 out of 5

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    I have been trading with Aztec for over 20 years. I have purchased several types of equipment for my company to use in servicing many commercial and residential needs.

    Whenever I call with any type of problem, issue or concern, Aztec’s customer service always reaches out with a helping hand to meet my needs.

    Aztec is my number one company for supplying all of my contract and janitorial needs. I must say, thank you so much for all you have done in the past and going forward.
    Respectfully,
    Willie J. Robinson,
    Owner, Robinson Janitorial Specialists
    Columbus, MS

  33. George Kearnes - Island Wide Cleaning Contractors Inc
    5 out of 5

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    My name is George Kearnes. I am President of Island Wide Cleaning Contractors Inc., in Bay Shore, NY. We have been in business since 1973. We strip and wax floors all over NY in schools, libraries, factories, etc. After years of stripping with swing machines I purchased an Aztec Sidewinder. Well, let me tell you I have increased my floor stripping footage while lowering my man hours (more profit). The Sidewinder paid for itself in the very first month we got it. My stripping crew loves how easily it strips even the worst floors without having the re-strip them. I wish I knew about the Sidewinder years ago, it makes our job so much easier. Thank you Aztec!!!

  34. Michael Lewis
    5 out of 5

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    The sidewinder is a beast! I purchased this machine about a month ago and have done several strip and wax jobs since. The sidewinder really does strip tile all the way down on the first pass. My life as a floor tech has been made a whole lot easier as the jobs are being done much faster. Cant wait to purchase the rest of the Aztec sytem

  35. Jeff And Karen - Sunrise Janitorial Service
    5 out of 5

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    As a small business that has limited time and resources, we love the Sidewinder for stripping and waxing our floors. For years we did it the old fashion way, using a slow speed, side to side, scrubber. What a difference the Sidewinder makes. With the stripping brushes turning one direction while main head of machine turns the other way, really eats up the wax. One of my other favorite features is that the whole head dips into low spots in floor, which helps a lot on uneven floors. I have used some other propane stripping machines, but none of them can touch the Sidewinder in performance. Wouldn’t trade my machine for anything, it really saves me time and money.
    Jeff And Karen
    Sunrise Janitorial Service

  36. Jimmy Oates
    5 out of 5

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    Hello everyone, I’m Jimmy Oates, owner and operator of Abba Floor Care, I’ve had my Side Winder and Guzzler for 5yrs now and let me tell you its the best money I have ever spent, since purchasing the side SideWinder I haven’t had any issues with the machine, only had to tune it and change the oil, other than that he runs like a top, I like my machine so much I named it Sammy, Sammy the Sidewinder has saved me so much time, before my purchase I had to use an Auto Scrubber to strip and pick up the chemical which takes a lot of time, with my SideWinder and Guzzler together we stripped 40 square ft. in 4 days, that is an actual fact, couldn’t done it without these two machines and my crew, hopefully my next machine will be the Edge Winder until then I just wanna say Thanks Aztec, your machines are the Best!

  37. Ken Wallace
    5 out of 5

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    K&L Floormasters has owned a Sidewinder stripping machine for over 15 years and I have found it totally reliable on every job. It has never broken down on the job. It is as fast as you can push it, saving time and money. Making our jobs more profitable. I describe it to my customers as a hot knife cutting through butter. Nothing left behind except a clean floor.

  38. John Ferrell
    5 out of 5

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    We’ve been using your equipment for years and we would get out of the business if it wasn’t for the Aztec strip system. We do a lot of large challenging jobs the sidewinder along with the liquidator and guzzler allows us to complete these jobs in one or two nights where if we didn’t have this equipment would take double the time and expense and labor. Thank you Aztec for making difficult work easy.

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