Designed for 24/7 operation and very low noise levels, this vacuum strand dryer has been recognized by many compounders as the preferred method for drying strands. Built on a compact frame, the JV series air knife application has proven itself as a very effective method of drying strands utilizing vacuum only. Each model has a cantilevered vacuum strip that can be positioned and placed anywhere along the water bath to draw the water off the strands as they exit the water by strand pelletizing. This takes up less floor space and maximizes the efficiency while utilizing the heat of the strands to expel surface moisture that results in drier polymer entering the pelletizer. A stainless steel cyclone continuously separates the water from the air stream and the water exits to a drain port. The JV air knife head assembly is designed to positively separate and support the strands before and after the suction bar. When placed at the end of the water tank, these units can be outfitted with an optional drip tray. This tray collects the dripping water and returns the water back to the water tank. To further increase water savings, a sump pump can be installed to pump the water from the drain to the water bath.