There is some chatter on using the SS pins, some say it works like shot peening the brass.
The wet tumble, I just see more time involved with drying?
The shot peening is debatable. i'd have to imagine getting shaken around in a vibratory tumbler does at least as much shot peening as does rolling around with stainless pins.
ive been wet tumbling since well before any of these modern kits were available and havent notice any adverse effects.
as for time - how long are youvibratory tumbling for? i know a lot of folks are well into 4+ hours, often overnight kinda thing.
i typically wash my brass for a 90 min wet cycle, spend about 15-20 mins rinsing/pin separating, do a quick pat dry with an old bath towel, and then about 2h in my dehydrator to get them 100% dried out.
so its all passive time anyway. its not like you need to sit there and actively watch/assist the drying process.
i got my dehydrator at a yard sale for $5. they said they used it once and never touched it again.
they're totally not hard to find for under $20 all over marketplace if you dont wanna play the spring yard sale lottery. ppl in high end neighborhoods get rid of this kinda stuff all the freaking time for peanuts.
my cousin got a cabelas commercial model for $25 a couple years ago, it was basically brand new they said they used it twice and its been taking up space in their storage room since.