The bed rollers on my King are eccentric and can be lowered below the bed where I leave them. They lessen the effort but I feel I get a better job without them. I think I paid just about the same as you. It's a real work horse in my opinion, a good tool for the money.
Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.