How to Clean Axis Pedals

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Axis pedals are high-quality bass drum pedals that use a direct-drive system as opposed to a chain-drive system which allows you to play a cleaner, faster bass drum. They’re tough and can hold up to the wear and tear of beating a bass drum, but you need to keep them clean so they’re functioning at their best. Fortunately, they’re actually really easy to clean, and with the right lubricant, you’ll be able to continue using them for a long time.

Removing the Existing Lubricant

  1. Separate the slave pedal by removing the screws if it’s a double pedal. The slave pedal is the secondary pedal attached to your main pedal with both beaters if you have a double pedal setup. The 2 pedals are connected by a driveshaft that’s held in place by screws. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws and then separate the 2 pedals.
    • Once you remove the screws, the driveshaft will easily slide out of the slot connecting it to the main pedal.
  2. Lay the pedal over a clean towel or working surface. Work over a clean surface so you don’t lose any of the pieces or fasteners and you don’t get any dust or dirt in the moving pieces. Lay a clean towel over your working surface or cover it with a sheet so you don’t get lubricant on it.
    • Use a white or light-colored towel or sheet so you can easily see the small pieces and fasteners on the pedal.
  3. Use a screwdriver to remove all of the fasteners, screws, and springs. The fasteners and screws holding the pedal together need to be removed and lubricated so they don’t squeak. Take a screwdriver and remove them and separate the pieces of the pedal. Then, use your hands to remove the springs inside of the pedal as well.
    • Keep all of the screws and fasteners organized so you don’t lose them and can easily replace them later.
  4. Wipe off any lubricant that’s already on your pedals with a lint-free cloth. Take a clean, lint-free cloth and work it into the inner workings of the pedal to remove any of the lubricant that’s already on it so you can add new, fresh lubricant. Wipe down the fasteners, screws, and springs to remove the lubricant from them as well.
    • If you have a double pedal, wipe down the driveshaft and where the shaft connects to the main pedal.

Lubricating the Pedal

  1. Insert the small applicator tube into the can of pedal lubricant. Pedal lubricant is specially formulated to lubricate drum pedals without creating a buildup or collecting dirt so the pedals move without friction or making any noise. It comes in a spray can and includes a small applicator tube. Fit the applicator tube into the opening on the nozzle of the can so you’re able to apply lubricant to hard-to-reach places on the pedal.
    • If your pedal lubricant doesn’t come with an applicator tube, you can use any applicator tube that fits into the nozzle.
    • You can find pedal lubricant at music supply stores or by ordering it online.
  2. Spray the lubricant into the U-joint and any moving parts of the pedal. The U-joint is the main joint on the top of the pedal that swivels and moves the beaters to strike the drum. Hold the end of the applicator tube about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the surface and spray a light coating of the pedal lubricant directly into the U-joint. Then, apply a small amount of the lubricant into all of the moving parts of the drum including the footboards and the bracket that holds the beaters.
    • Don’t drench or soak the components in the lubricant. A light coat of lube will do just fine and won’t cause any buildup.
  3. Apply a light coating of pedal lube to the fasteners and springs. Lubricate all of the pieces of the pedal that you separated so there isn’t any squeakiness when you play. Add a light coat of lube to the screws and fasteners as well as the springs and the beaters themselves.
    • Lubricating all of the components of the pedal will ensure that the pedal plays smoothly and doesn’t produce any unwanted scraping or squeaking sounds.
  4. Wipe away the excess lubricant with a lint-free cloth. Take your cloth and wipe all of the moving components that you lubricated to pick up and extra lubricant on the surface. Wipe every screw, fastener, spring, and the moving parts that you lubricated such as the U-joint and driveshaft.
    • You only want a fine layer of pedal lubricant to reduce friction and prevent buildup.
  5. Put all of the screws, springs, and fasteners back into place. Reassemble your pedal and put the springs back into place. Use your screwdriver to replace the screws and fasteners from where you removed them. Tighten all of the screws and fasteners well so there isn’t any movement or loose parts.
    • Loose screws and fasteners can collect dirt and dust, which can degrade the lubricant over time and cause squeakiness when you play.
  6. Reconnect the 2 sections if it’s a double pedal. If you have a double pedal, slide the driveshaft back into place to reattach the slave pedal. Then, use your screwdriver to replace the screws that connect the driveshaft. Tighten them well so the slave pedal is securely attached and there isn’t any extra movement.

Tips

  • Use a pedal lubricant for the best results.

Things You’ll Need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Pedal lubricant
  • Screwdriver
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