I'm in the middle of a 1-ton build after a Miata rear-ended me and caused some havoc in my modestly built, heavily hammered TJ build. One of the major hangups was my garage not having 220 and as I have plans at some point to tear down and re-build a larger garage, I couldn't justify the cost of wiring the garage just to eventually rip it back out.
My solution, a nice welder-generator.
So here is my new baby. An older (almost brand new) Miller Trailblazer 251NT. It came with a cover, the cart, TIG torch, gas hose and a good quality regulator. Finding a local industrial machine around 10 years old with less than 250 hours on the ticker was almost too good to be true. The guy I bought it from was pretty cool and I felt great about dealing with him. Bottom line, I spent close to the same money as I was going to on a brand new machine BUT I got a larger machine than I was planning on purchasing.