Catches on a powerful lathe
I'm currently using a Record DML24X - a dinky little lathe of about 1/2 hp. I mainly do spindles of up to 3" in diameter so Im generally turning at around 2000rpm. Like all woodturners I sometimes "catch" the tool, e.g. when I cut too deep with a parting tool and it binds or when one of the wings of a gouge catches in a cove. Sometimes this results in an ugly spiral groove in the workpiece and sometimes it just brings the lathe to a halt quickly. It never pulls the piece free of the chuck though. All of these things are unpleasant and a bit scary but not really a huge threat to life and limb.
However I'm now thinking of getting a Jet 1642 (yes, I know a Jet 1642 is total overkill for 3" spindles), a 1.5HP beastie with a 3-phase motor which has lots of torque. So my question to those of you with similarly powerful lathes is, if I get a catch on this machine, is it likely to fling the tool across the room or snap it in half or smash the workpiece into a mass of splintery missiles? If I kill myself woodturning my girlfriend will, er, kill me :-)
Thanks for your help!