There is a work around. It took me a bit but it's pretty easy to do.
Example (this is how I have mine set up):
By setting all the products to one 1lb, it will add them up in the checkout to tell you which Tier you they came out to.
I hope this helps!
I'm not sure what the point of your post is.
The topic is "Per-product shipping rate or exception" and being from 2013 there have been several features released that address such issues such as Shipping Profiles.