Because that's all my Dad would allow. A eggbeater drill, brace and bits, a crosscut handsaw with small tiny teeth, hammers and screwdrivers etc. My first power tool was a Craftsman 1/4" electric drill...Wow. A saber saw was next, then a big 1/2 drill and a Skil saw in 8 1/4", a heavy monster. I had a metal legged stand you could bolt the saw in upside down and make it into a "table saw" I wish I still had it for senti "mental" reasons.
Now, years later, I have one or more of every wood working power tool you can get, well almost. Table saws, Bandsaws, Radial Arm Saws, jointers, planers, routers, drill presses, and a mortisier, shaper, spindle sander, drum sander, etc.
I also have a modest collection of hand planes, one of the most used hand tools in my shop is a Stanley low angle block plane. I have a great collection of chisels, a few hand saws including Japanese pull type saws.
There is no absolute preference in my shop, what ever works best easiest and fastest is what I use. I can't hand saw cut a straight line across a board well enough to join it to another hand cut board. So I use a table saw or RAS which is far more accurate. Yeah, I could practice until the Zen overtakes me, but that ain't gonna happen.
Just my point of view.