No one would discuss why there is no longer a John Deere tedder just Frontier. They may be owned by the same parent company but I see frontier on the implement and the web document is what says John Deere. I think there is a difference, certainly something like a disc mower where there is Deer product and a Frontier product the sales personnel lead one to think parts support will be better on the Deere one among other things.
Woods color for sure. The blade is great. I was just mad that I paid for green and got mustard color. Very heavy unit. Like the ADD type I am, masked all the stickers off meticulously and then shot it with JD green from Lowes.:yahoo: