These loppers only weigh two pounds but they are definitely not feather-weights when it comes to performance! The ratchet gear allows you to cut limbs and small trees up to 1.5 inches thick with very little effort. As you walk up the ratchet gear it forces the blade through gradually, making a smooth cut that is healthy for your trees and shrubs, and easy on you. They are made of a strong aluminum. This metal takes an extreme amount of torque while still maintaining its light weight. Alway remember to "Ratchet on Red"