Help! What brand engine should I buy?
I am a big fan of the small Yanmar Diesels. They are quiet, reliable, easy to service, have good parts availability at reasonable prices (but not the cheapest prices). I am curious about what you mean by, "Yanmar e-mailed me and informed me that I can''t buy a Yanmar because I live in Texas". Did you contact Yanmar directly or contact a dealer? Dealers sometimes have limited territories that they can service but according to the Yanmar USA site your area is serviced by:
LABORDE PRODUCTS, INC.
74257 Highway 25
Covington, Louisiana 70435-5679
Yanmar also has some national distributers that can service anywhere in the US.