If your tin snips start feeling a little heavy, check out a pair of Wiss lightweight aluminum snips. They’ll make straight or curved cuts in light metal, flash, vinyl siding, or rubber. The 3-1/2″ rust-resistant blades will handle materials as tough as 23-gauge, low-carbon steel.
Made from drop-forged aluminum, the 12″ long snips weigh only one pound. In comparison, Wiss’s A11N snips, a set of standard snips for cutting similar gauge metal, weigh 1-1/2 lbs, sport 2-1/4″ long blades, and measure 9-3/4″ long. Even though the aluminum snips are larger, they still weigh 33% less.
You’ll pay a premium for the lighter pair of snips — $20 to $30 — where a set of A11N snips costs about $15 to $20.