Full review – Paasche D3000R 1/8 HP Compressor with Tank, Regulator and Moisture Trap

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On November 12, 2014
Last modified:April 2, 2016


-1/8 HP piston compressor with tank, includes regulator with moisture trap

The Paasche Company has been dedicated to providing superior craftsmanship and quality in airbrushes, compressors, and accessories since the company was originally founded in 1904.  Today, this Chicago based organization provides the highest quality airbrush equipment, at the most affordable prices possible.

Paasche D3000R 1/8 HP Compressor with Tank, Regulator and Moisture Trap

The Paasche D3000R is manufactured in Chicago, Illinois, and is designed to provide the air pressure needed for serious airbrushing by providing up to 30 PSI depending on the type of airbrush being used.  This compressor features a 1/8 horsepower piston-driven motor, and a one gallon storage tank that provides plenty of PSI, without forcing the motor to run constantly.  This ensures longevity of the motor, and helps to prevent unwanted moisture buildup in the unit during a spraying session.

Paasche D3000R 1/8 HP Compressor review
Paasche D3000R 1/8 HP Compressor

What’s in the Box

The Paasche D3000 compressor comes with a one gallon tank, a pressure regulator, and a moisture trap, which makes it a great setup for those who plan to use it for extended airbrushing sessions.


The D3000R compressor features a mounted one gallon storage tank, a pressure regulator, and moisture trap for better consistency in spraying.  The unit also features an automatic shut off, and is an oil less unit that provides virtually maintenance free usage.

The mounted, one gallon storage tank on this unit provides consistent air flow while spraying, without the need for the motor to run constantly.  The attached regulator allows for precise selection of the amount of air used during spraying, and provides up to 30 PSI depending on the brush being used.  The included moisture trap ensures there is no moisture in the spray stream during long sessions.  Paasche D3000R is very quiet during operation, with noise levels only reaching 47 decibels while the compressor is running.  The entire unit measures 13 inches by 6 inches by 13 inches, and weighs only 11 pounds, providing an easy to use unit that requires very little space.  This compressor also features an automatic shut off that allows the unit to run only up to 40 PSI, and then shuts off until more air pressure is needed.

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Motor 1/8 HP AC
Preset 20-30 PSI
Noise level 47 dbs
Weight 11.2 pounds
Size 13 x 6 x 13 inches
Features Tank, Regulator and Moisture Trap


Customer Reviews

Paasche d3000 has plenty of happy customers, with nearly every user providing outstanding reviews of the compressor.  The inclusion of a tank, coupled with the regulator and moisture trap allows for consistent air flow, even at low pressure, which allows for a variety of paints to work perfectly through the unit.  Users are also happy with the overall sound levels produced by the unit, which makes the compressor easy to use in a wide variety of situations.  The construction is solidly built, and provides a unit that does not walk or rattle while in use.  The tank allows for less wear and tear on the motor by ensuring that the compressor does not run constantly, yet still eliminates any pulsation or spitting while completing a spraying project to ensure consistent, high quality results.  This compressor is highly recommended by all due to its construction, overall noise levels, and the consistently even results that it supplies in all airbrushing situations.


Overall, the Paasche D3000R 1/8 HP Compressor with Tank, Regulator and Moisture Trap includes everything needed to ensure consistent, even results.  The quality and craftsmanship are unrivaled in similarly priced units, providing a high quality compressor that works well for a wide range of uses.  If you are needing a larger compressor, but want less noise at an exceptional price, the Paasche D300R is a great choice for all airbrushing needs.

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