Former CEO of FB Crane Builders & Repairs turns 70 years old today

Today 20 January 2021 is a very special milestone – the Founder and former CEO of FB Crane Builders & Repairs turns 70 years old today. Mr. Cornelis Francois Best was born in Aliwol North in the Eastern Cape as the 2nd born of six children. 10 years later in 1961 the family relocated to the East Rand of Johannesburg where Mr. Best later completed an apprenticeship on the Railways as a Fitter & Turner. After which Mr. Best enjoyed a career in the Engineering, Construction, Iron & Steel Sectors before starting FB Mini Crane Builders in 1992.

Mr. Best we want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for leading us, and for having the vision which has helped us lift Southern Africa safely for the last 29 years.

Happy 70th birthday Meneer Best, Mr. Bee, Oom Frans… What a great achievement – 70 long and full years of being a Father, Husband, Brother, Cousin, Uncle, Friend, Boss… An Army man, a Businessman, a Farmer, a Beekeeper and Cow Whisperer.

Hoist and Crane component made by STAHL Crane Systems GmbH Germany

General facts:

  • Lifting capacity 500 kg up to 250.000 kg
  • Standard duty group  M4 up to M6 (optional M7, M8)
  • HOL from6m up to 120m for standard applications, up to 200m on a specification
  • Various executions available (short headroom monorail, normal headroom monorail, articulated monorail trolley, stationary - foot mounted, double rail grab)
  • Standard 2-speed motors on hoisting and cross travel (VSD as an option)
  • Non ex proof as well as Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 22, Zone 21 available

Technical facts:

  • Rope guide ductile iron 360° - alternative with overwinding system
  • Painting standard 80 micro, as option 120, 160, 240 or even 320 micro for offshore application
  • Overload device SLE/SMC (with hours counter) for all lifting capacities as standard with monitoring temperature control of all motors and increase lifetime of brakes due to motor management

  • Gear limit switch as standard with up to 8 switching elements as option

  • IP55 as standard protection

  • -20°C to +40°C ambient temperature

  • Hoist control supplied with full contactor or without (only with overload device + gear limit switch)

  • Motor supply voltage 380V-415V as standard, other voltages (525V) as option

  • C-hook as standard, alternative ramshorn hook or w/o hook

Options – not necessary but good to have:

  • Manual release of hoist brake if power cut off

  • Rope drum brake as redundant brake system provides increased safety

  • Protection IP66 for outdoor applications

  • -40°C to +80°C ambient temperature

  • Load display

  • Signal transmitter for hoisting or/and traveling movement

  • TDC Twin drive for hot liquid metal transport

  • Several lifting points without hook displacement

Service points:

  • Rope guide ring 360° rope tensioner to avoid the formation of slack rope: bolted with 2 pieces for quick replacement and not to remove the hole rope drum

  • Gears with lifetime lubrication oil

  • Low maintenance asbestos-free brake

  • Brake easily accessible for inspection from outside

  • Hoisting motor outside rope drum, highly efficient motor cooling and maintenance-friendly

  1. Rope and rope guide

5. SLE/SMC control and motor management

  1. Paint

6. Brake

  1. Overload cut-off

7. Motor

  1. Hoist gear

8. rope drive


Documentation for each hoist:

  • Works certificate

  • Hook certificate

  • Rope certificate

  • Declaration of Conformity

  • Installation, Operational, and maintenance manual

  • Spare part list

AS additional:

  • Product training and service training could be provided by demand

  • 1-year warranty as standard, 2 years as optional

Certification Onsite

We’re proud of our skilled Technicians and Lifting Machinery Inspectors (LMI) who recently conducted an inspection and certification of a 120 Ton Overhead Crane and a 75 ton Overhead Crane at a Smelting Plant. Another successful project – Lifting Africa Safely.

For any proactive or reactive crane maintenance please call us on +2711 902 3271 or +2782 574 1594 or email us at

Greeting for Timothy Best

Greeting for Timothy Best

We are very sad to say that Timothy Best, our Sales Manager, has sadly left us after 20 years of service.

He has recently immigrated and so, will no longer be working for FB Crane Builders and Repairs. He started out as an apprentice, moving up the ranks to become the Sales Manager. Timothy has helped FB Cranes become what it is today. Over the years he has participated in many products such as the Mines Project and the Transwerke Project.

FB Cranes appreciates his time and effort that he put into the company to help it grow and achieve all that it has over the past years. All the staff members, his fellow colleagues as well as the business as a whole will miss him greatly.

Farewell and Good Luck Timothy!


It appears that FB Crane Builders and Repairs has been the victim of a fraudulent incident using our company details and emails. Our invoices were falsified, with false banking details and orders. This was perceived to be sent from our email address on our invoice template with a non-sequential invoice number and FNB banking details.

Out experienced IT team is looking into this incident currently. At this stage, it does not seem that our server was hacked. Our information is used to scam other companies only.

This notice serves to inform all partners that FB Cranes has a Standard Bank account ONLY and that all orders are processed on a customer supplied order number and a quote referenced.

FB Cranes Staff is standing by to assist in authentication of email and documents on 011 902 3271. Please ask for Lang, Thembani or Renier specifically, on the telephone to confirm that you are not the victim of an IT Scam.