Janet - your new Raytech AV25 vibratory tumbler is a good choice and
will save you thousands of hours.
After you have finished a run, remove the restriction on the input
It will flood the tumbler with liquid. The media will move loosely
and start to “float”. Turn off the pump and let the tumbler run until
the excess liquid is drained. Turn off the tumbler. Let it drain.
Leave the media in the machine.
You have rinsed the media from whatever is left after a run. Just
let it sit in the machine without a lid. I’ve done it this way for
20+ years and no problem ever with the media getting skunky.
There is a different problem you might want to consider. If you
re-use the liquid, it might get scummy. I found that happening when I
moved to a rural area with a well. The city water is most often
chlorinated and doesn’t seem to get icky. I treat the water in the
tumbler liquid with a little bit of chlorine and that solves the
But consider I’m in a high mountain environment - it is very low
humidity most of the time. If you are in a warm humid environment,
your results may differ.