That is normal except the smell of gas..I have to leave the choke on before starting almost like its not getting fuel, then when i can smell the gas it will start.
Once it starts i can take the choke off and it runs fine.
The engine should fire right up a pull or two.No leaks...but you can smell the gas after trying to start the engine
A flooded engine is an internal combustion engine that has been fed an excessively rich air-fuel mixture that cannot be ignited. This is caused by the mixture exceeding the upper explosive limit for the particular fuel. An engine in this condition will not start until the excessively rich mixture has been cleared.Flooding it is the only way it seems to start
If the engine hits at all during the first pull or two..you need to turn off the choke ..then should run on the next pull.That is correct, I have to pull on the rope several times (7 or 8 ) then you can smell gas. Then i would let the machine sit for 30 seconds and it would usually start after one or two pulls.
donyboy73 has an excellent video on starting a flooded engine and it works everytime i have done this.My tip for starting a flooded engine is to leave the engine to sit for a little while.
Then, make sure the choke is 'off' - most important step.
With choke 'off', set throttle to maximum and proceed to turn engine over. Doing this helps clear the combustion chamber opf any excess fuel and maximises air delivery to chamber. Engine should start 2nd or 3rd turn.
Longer term investifation will be required as to why engine is flooding. See Orangputeh's previous post.