Steel City

Model # 40300H

Internet # 203012640

13 in. Portable Helical Cutterhead Bench Top Planer

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The Steel City 40300H 13-Inch Portable Planer features a powerful 15 Amp Motor, which drives the patented Helical cutterhead to provide plenty of power for full width planning or long run jobs. The helical Head has 26 indexible HSS inserts for superior finishing. Snipe lock firmly locks cutter head assembly to help minimize snipe.

  • Powerful 15 amp motor:drives the patented helical head cutterhead to provide plenty of power for full width planing or long run jobs
  • Patented helical head has 26 indexible HSS inserts for superior finish, longer cut time, and quieter operation
  • Extra large In-feed and out feed tables, offers extra support for large work pieces and folds up easily for storage or transport
  • Depth of cut indicator, easy to read indicator allows for precise cuts and fast set up time

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Maximum cut depth (in.) 
Product Depth (in.) 
Product Height (in.) 
Product Width (in.) 


Amperage (amps) 
Bench & Stationary Tool Type 
Bench or Stationary 
Blade count 
Color Family 
Maximum Board Thickness 
6 in 
Maximum Speed (rpm) 
Minimum cut depth (in.) 
Power Tool Product Type 
Bench & Stationary 
Product Weight (lb.) 
62 lb 
Tools Product Type 
Power Tool 

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings 
CSA Listed,4-UL Certified 
Manufacturer Warranty 

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent results I have now used the planer on 8" wide oak and 11" wide poplar with excellent results. No additional sanding will be required. Minor adjustments on the in- and out-feed tables were required so the planed board was even to the end. I also had to clean grease from the cutting head before first use as has been pointed out by other reviewers. I used solvent on a rag to get most of the grease off and then ran scrap wood through to throw off the remaining grease. This is my first planer and was purchased due to the wide variety of rough sawn wood available to me now and I am very pleased with the results. March 16, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Don't bother After setting up the planer, I was excited to try out the new helical head. I had a Delta 13" that worked well for quite a few years before it gave up and wanted to replace it with a quieter helical head. I heard reports of it spewing oil but thought they were exagerating... they were not. This thing keeps spitting oil out of the cutterhead and doesn't seem to want to stop. I have no confidence that this won't continue and can possibly ruin a finish. I returned it and bought a Grizzly 15" planer June 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very user friendly This planer is very easy to use. Set up was simple and operating is even simpler. It provides a great finishe to several types of wood, treated or non (it's best to plane treated lumber after its had time to dry). You won't be disappointed with this planet, it's a great value for its size and features You will want to have a large capacity shop vac hooked up while using cuz this guy makes a lot of chips. Also recommend using two roller support stands to keep the lumber level during feed in and out. March 20, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding at first! Bought to replace my Delta 12 and a half inch planer. Steel city planer was outstanding at first, until the cutters got dull. Then realized 2 things: (1) not a "true" helical head cutter, and (2) at current prices it will take over $150 to replace the HSS cutters. If you don't have any problems with that, then this is a very nice planer and does a better job than the Delta. December 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Outstanding machine This is a no-nonsense, capable and hardworking machine. It's first job was to plane 50bf of old growth, highly figured walnut. It motored though it effortlessly and produced outstanding surfaces with no chipouts. Also, it's relatively light weight makes for easy setup and storage in tight shops. March 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Planer is absolutely awesome great finish, easy to use! I used other planers, but none compare to this one. The finish is absolutely great, lower noise level. I pulled it out of the box, set it on a table, connect the exhaust and planed wood. You can not beat that! August 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Quiet Easy to set up with only minor adjustment to input / output trays. Very quiet. Most of the shavings are ejected without the use of a vacuum system. June 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great planer This planer does a fantastic job. I have a small wood workshop and this does the trick for allowing me to create my own lumber. The cut is so smooth there is minimal sanding required. I would highly recommend this quality product to small wood workshops. April 3, 2012
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