Hey, Houdini (Ellen).
It's good to see you have jumped right in with the Sailrite.
I know from the sound of an earlier post that you thought it was pretty powerful and I was hoping that you wouldn't be scared off.
Last year I missed getting an LSZ-1 like yours, from Craig's List but, I was able to ask the woman that sold it why she sold it.
She said she was "terrified" of the way that walking foot feed would inhale material and not let it go!
I suppose not everybody can handle the sight of open, working machinery like that but,....
I wonder, are you having trouble controlling the speed of the machine?
If it's the foot pedal you don't like you might try putting a bit of foam rubber batting under the top movable half to give it a little more of a definite feel to the pedal.
An idea I heard around here somewhere but, I think it was related to the typical foot plate used on an industrial power stand.
Something else you might look into would be the "Monster Wheel" available for your machine from Sailrite.
Look it up on their website. I would think it would help smooth out any problem with "jack rabbit starts" you might be having.
Other than that, how do you like it so far?